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 the, too. Gerald began this ((soiled?))letter before he had been able to finish it. I have found him so hard to put to sleep at nights that I saw fit to veto all brain work and the prior beginning but ((?)) about getting wine and some bread & butter etc. on it ever since. He sanctions it as if it is heaven and also my sending the drawings copied as see from Harris's insects book like yours. 
Our friend Miss Emma Bench gave him a copy of it lately and he devours it perpetually. Gerald seems very charming gentle and full of life too. He and Mary spent half their day and on parlor skates mainly on the piazza. The children and I are very well. We have decided to come to Dublin again. I hope you are able to be there. My warmest regards to you and all your family. Yours always Abbott H Thayer
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