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about the 1st. of June. it is a long
time for them to want a letter at home
3 months My last letter soonest
arrive at home about the end of March
but I hope at least there may be
no anxiety on my account & they
will receive a letter I hope from Cape
sooner than expected I wonder what
my Father Mother, Jessie Mary Robert|Robt.]] & Wm.
& all the rest are about. it seems to
bring then near to me merely to write
their names. When or will I ever see
them all again there are bright mo-
ments when I think I shall once more
meet all again & others when I think
I shall never again see old Scotland
& those near & dear to me.
April 13th. My dear Father &Mother.
On my four & twentieth birthday I commence to
write this & here we are in Table Bay all
safe & sound after a very pleasant voyage
down. So before I do anything else I must

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