My dear Rachel - I'll turn over a new leaf & try to be a cheerful as a [hind]. The new leaf is the long green one - plucked this evening on the banks of Virginia water. Why for should I undertake to write letters when I'm just out of Browns office & not wait till I settle down in some quiet country inn & put a little mutton chop & tea inside of me & let their genial influence extend to my brain. I had a great notion not to send the half sheet, but I concluded it was so badly written that you never could read it so I satisfied
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