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Cleveland 26th May, 1856 Dr. Robt. Kennicott. Dear Sir Embarassments & troubles of various kinds have so much interrupted me during the past year that I have entirely thrown aside my Natural History studies and dropped my correspondence - The Erysipelas, last season shackled my nervous system so much that I cannot endure the amount of mental effort which was formerly no [illegible]. During the winter my duties at the Med. College were much increased by the sickness & afflictions of Prof. St. John & the habits of another of my colleagues and I am now trying to rest from all efforts - Constant sickness in the vicinity has however reluctantly drawn me again into practice - In my own family one or more has been constantly on the sick list for a year - At this time Mrs. K. has the ague - Mrs. Peace has returned from the East very infirm - Hugh has the palsy - & my hired man, tubucler in the lungs - of course little besides can receive attention Natural History is out of the question. My new Green House & garden receive all my leisure moments which between company & professorial calls are not very abundant - We shall have a few peaches, some cherries, a

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medium crop of pears, & apples in abundance - My ornamental plants & shrubs very little hurt by the hard winter - Magnolias have been splendid - What are you engaged in? - Do not fail to send Reptiles to Prof. Holbrook to discharge the obligations for his work. - I hear incidentally that your Father has been ill - Is he improving? - Have you seen Dr. Lecontes monograph of the Cicindella's? My best regards to yr Family generally & soundly. - A curse, on your Illinois Traitor - He has [illegible] involved the union in Civil War - which will eventuate in the ruin of our free Institutions. Very truly yrs J.P. Kirtland

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