how thee must have taxed thy strength to write me so very long and delightful a letter as thee did! And it might really seem, from my long silence, as tho’ I did not value it at all or appreciate thy kindness, but I assure thee that is not the case. So much of my time was occupied, before Philip came up here, in writing to him and the kind sisters who were taking care of him and the children, that I had to postpone other correspondence until after he arrived; and since that time, he has had to lie in bed and be regularly nursed for sever
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