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^[[Letter #17]]

Trichinopoli India

[[strikethrough]] [[preprinted]] The Grand Oriental Hotel Colombo 
Colombo Hotels Company Limited [[/preprinted]] [[/strikethrough]]

Jan 6th 1895

Dear Mr. Hecker
After my Christmas at Anuradhapura from which place I both cabled and wrote to you, I gradually worked my way hither via Tuticorin - your kind cable with Christmas greetings and welcome tidings concerning Watson reached me at Colombo on the 2nd inst.  Of course, I was much pleased to know that Watsons condition is steadily improving, that others were all well, and "Merry Christmas" is appreciated the world over.  But here, practically, no business is done, even telegraphing, between Dec 23rd and Jany 3rd  During this

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