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Albany 20^th^ April , 1807 Dear Sir I should have answered your letter of the [[?]] [[last?]]immediately on its its receipt, but [[?]] that [[?]] I expected in a day or two to set out on my return to New York - Soon after this [[miss?]] [[Manyan?]] applied to me to paint herself and child which I have nearly completed - I should not have undertaken any painting had it not been necessary to do something by way of paying my expenses here - as I have received nothing [[?]] [[?]] [[?]] from subscribers - that article in the [[?]] which required one half the subscription in advance I found was an objection with almost every one -- and thought it adviseable to strike it out altogether-- I shall leave Albany by the last of this week at furthest - for Hudson where I do not expect to stay more than three of four days - and shall then proceed immediately to New York - I am Sir with great respect & esteem sincerely yours [Elk. ?] Tisdale [[Col. Taumbull?]]
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