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Leominster Sept 11/56
Dear Sir
I ought to have written you before this time and should have but for the engagement I have had.  Your son Maj Hoyt was a friend of mine in Kansas.  I left him well but ere I left he made me promise to visit you ere I returned to the territory.  Since I have left he has been murdered as you are aware.  The circumstances of that brutal affair you doubtless are apprised[[.]]
We all loved him as a brother.  We knew his valor and appreciated his worth[[.]] [[end page]]
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