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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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