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haste as I
am overwhelmed
with work.
I will write
you as to your
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Many thanks

Sale Sep 25 1879

My dear Mr Fison
I have before me your several letters Jul 22
Aug 17 and one without date enclosing your
most kind chanpionship of myself as against
Lubbock. I really do not know how sufficiently to
thank you. I dare say you are quite right as
to Lubbock being the writer. What he says about me
rather amused than irritated me; however
although I always keep out of warfare if I have
the choice yet if I am in it I say whats his name
in Macbeth "Lay on Macduff +c". If he replies
and I see my way I shall have a slap at him.
I fully admire your power of stinging politely
I have been much examined as to what is our
best course to follow and it has been because I
could not make up my mind that I have not
long before this written to you. I have been lately
in Melbourne and I made enquiries as to
the Government publishing for us. So far
I do not see my way clear to ask them.
It seems that there is no funds for the purpose
and that a sum would have to be put in
the estimante. The times are not propitious
for that now and I at present prepared
with a sufficient good reason for asking
that a sum of money should be put in the
Revd Lorimer Fison

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