should have seen you before this--but my mind (h)as been at work all over the world to find out what to do--I have my choice of three things--or at least two--South America or Surgeon to an I〈n〉diaman--which last I think will be my fate--I shall resolve in a few days. Remember 〈me〉 to Mrs D. and Charles--and your Father and Mother.
Ever truly yours
Address: Mrs Brawne
My dearest Girl,
I endeavour to make myself as patient as possible. Hunt amuses me very kindly--besides I have your ring on my finger and your flowers on the table. I shall not expect to see you yet because it would be so much pain to part with you again. When the Books you want come you shall have them. I am very well this afternoon. My dearest . . .
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