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Rome 22d April, 1878
My dear Mrs Rotch
It is long since I heard from you, but I hope you are well enough to take pleasure in receiving your country people, when they are capable of imparting any pleasure, Tis which I would not say of all I venture to of the lady who brings this, like your self are of the American [page or word torn out], like yourself full of vavacity and kind dispositions. If other wise you find her wanting
in faculties that you possess or any way wanting your counsel I doubt not you will render it with your accustomed generosity. It is long since I heard directly from my dear Mrs Farmer, but my sister informs me Mr F. though still as suffering is much more cheerful now. I rejoice in any alleviation of her troubles. I had an excellent letter from Maria, but it was old, having been sent to
Rome, New York, and waited quite a long time before it evaded escape to Rome, Italy.
I write no more, but being Easter Sunday which closes a week where gorgeous shows are fatiguing beyond any thing I ever experienced the misereres are too misera[bly, ble ?]; the benediction leaves me unblest, [we, and ?] [because ?], Mrs Ames, will have enough to tell of them, if you include