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interest. You are on the right road, I see. But
I have not time to read half the agricultural papers
sent me. I only glance over them, to see if there is
anything on insects.

I am very sorry to hear of your father's
illness. I was laid up, one six months with Rheumatism
& feared I was a cripple for life. No medicine
cured or helped it. It gratually wore off. And by
carefully avoiding all exposure to damp, cold weather
I have (to my surprise) been wholly free from the
slightest Rheumatic pain, for more than ten years, now.

Your letter of July 27, I must not attempt
to answer now -- to examine the specimens, &c. would
take me off from my work for a day; when I
ought not to leave it for an hour -- no, not for
a minute. But when this horrid burthen is off
my shoulders, I will try to give you a long talk.

Adieu

Yours truly,

[illegible] Fitch

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This letter is signed by Asa Fitch (New York)