I ought long since to have replied to thy kind note written the day before thee left England, and when thy charming letter to my dear Children reached us a week ago I felt much compuncture for my previous neglect.
Please accept a general apology and rest assured, that though we have none of us written, we have often talked of the pleasant time thou spent with us- and still oftener have thought of thee and the great engagement we had in thy Society.
The box containing the stuffed birds arrived safely 2 or 3 days ago. I wish thou could have seen the almost frantic delight of our girls when thy letter was read- nothing could have given them greater pleasure, they have a special
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