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Stapleton, October 27th 1870
My dear Miss Thomas,
The information conveyed in
your letter, has given me, and my daughter
much satisfaction. I congra[t]ulate yr
dear Mamma, and my old friend, that
things have turned out so favourabl/y/ well.
Sometimes it is well to take things by the
soft handle. People may say what they
like about the sin of loving money, yet
those who have none meet with stumbling
blocks enough on their journey through life.
I was in the Clerk's hut at
Port Arthur one day, with empty pockets,
Yes I declare so empty, that the Devil,

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