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a stranger would have noticed my

agitation :  All seemed a dream till I

heard myself addressed as Mrs Thomason;

& that only startled me for a few mo-

ments : for even now, when I have been

married nearly three months, I find it

hard to realize the fact, & often indulge

in childish frolics & bursts of girlish mer-

riment (very unbecoming to a married

woman, some would say) but [?] T___

gives me no chance to be sober "


Enough of my little self though, & let me

[inquire?] about your own dear, sweet

self :  What are your doings, how spending

your time &c &c? & by the by what has be-

come of the poor fellow you treated so

shabbily some time since? I must ac-

knowledge you surprised me no little by

the news of your engagement & your sub-

sequent dismissal of the unfortunate young


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gent, but I was truly glad to know that the affair was at and end "

not because I am unwilling for you to marry, but because I know

you would not have been happy unless you had loved far more 

devotedly than you did " Now as soon as some one wins your

heart, who is altogether worth of the sacred [trust?] committed

to his keeping, no one will be more pleased & will rejoice more

greatly in your happiness than your own little Pet! but I do

not know where in all the world, one will be found worthy of such

a trust : What were the objections to the gentleman above referred

to?  Is that an impertinent question? if so don't answer it :

Mr Thomason says, [if?] you knew how very fond he is of sweet kisses

you would not have sent him one conditionally:  In conclusion

Sister mine, let me waft you the sweetest of sweet kisses wishing with all

my heart that I had your dear face closely imprisoned in my hands

& could imprint upon your lips just as many kisses as I wish :

Ever Love,

Your little Pet