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about 1890

My dear Miss Clara,
I hate to think [[strikethrough]] [[by a?]][[strikethrough]] how long you have waited for a response from your sweet attention to Gerald at Christmas.  I must indulge myself in one piece of frankness to make up - namely that out of all the kind things done us at Christmas yours and Miss Greens [[insertion]] and Ned Hills [[/insertion]] I think were perhaps the greatest please to me, and the sense how very kindly I felt, kept your name off my thanks - duty list.
I think you understand.  It was so sweet of you to give away such a prize. a real gift, that is.

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