My dear cousin I value my two legs too much to be made hoppg by thy slipper - though its receipt today has made me extremely happy. Especially as I perceive its fellow is to follow. Having reached the comparative degree of excellence in thy [c---h] - the slipper - there is no chance of thy going backward & giving me the slip but then must perforce go on to the superlative. - I hope thee has kept the pattern I should like them to match. My son John who went to bed with one stocking on was an
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