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[[start page]] the circumstances, is the site in which I am penning these lines! Destiny and the Engineer have named it Union Square!!! Verbum Sapienti There is one point, however, my dear Sir James, upon which it were well to arrive at a speedy understanding - You are aware that the even tenor of my earlier youth has been largely perturbed by what we might call, astronomically speaking, the librations of your sex. I may add that it is not my intention to countenance similar librations in the future, persuaded, [[end page]] [[start page]] as I now am, that they would undermine not only any ordinary constitution [[that? but?]] would be sufficient to enfeeble even a Westinghouse brake. I have sustained with considerable fortitude 211 of these moral concussions but the entire Medical Faculty concur with me in the opinion that the 212th might produce, not only paralysis of the heart, but paralogism of the brain, and will kindly furnish me with a certificate to that effect, which I shall enclose to you in a registered letter, along with a Sonnet to "Sympathy" which I have already commenced and dedicated to J.L. [[end page]]
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