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to leave because my father counts every day we are with him & I feel when ever we go away he feels disappointed. Now dear Mrs. Allen John & I are going to beg you not to think of having a reception for him at your house. We feel the greatest appreciation of yours & the Colonel's kindness in thinking of doing it but it would make us feel very [[?]] to have you exert yourself when you are not feeling strong & well. We shall look forward to being with you & your family, quietly just as much & it will relieve us to know that 

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