Dear Lillie Thy letter from Geneva was rec'd this morning & forwarded to thy mother at newport, so that I cannot be sure that I shall get all the points that needed reply as I read it in somewhat of a hurry. Thee asks however about buying China for thyself. I thought it was understood when you left that thee was to make any purchases thee wished to for thy outfit or I should have written to thee before on the subject. There are some advantages & some disadvantages in purchasing abroad. It gives more trouble & when the duties are paid & risk of damage [considered] there is probably no gain in cost. On the other hand there is sometimes an opportunity of getting better & prettier
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