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Parramatta, New South Wales 28
May 1th 1796
Dear MAdam
Your kind favour dated March 10, 1795 eve received Novem
ber 6th 95, but find myself at a loss in what manner to express myself.
Your good wishes & kind remembrance mesitmy warmest gratitudes & that
is the only tribute I can pay your goodness. I long for an opportunity of
conversing with you face to face. This would enable one to open my mind
more fully than I can now do with paper & ink. but whether I shall ever be
indulged with that privilege or no, is still in teh dark womb of providence
We seem in our present situation to be almost totally cut-off from all connex
ion with teh world, especially the [indecipherable] past of it. Old sugland is no
more than like a pleasing dream ; when I think of it, it appears to have
no existence but in my own imagination. I feel as if I had once cono? [indecipherable]
with friends united in love by teh same spirit some faint remembrance
of those pelasures still remain & I cannot but flatter myself with some
distant hope that it will agin be with me as in moths past.
Had we only a few pious friends to pass away an hour with it would render
this colony more tolerable. The want of a place for public worship
is still to be regretted. We have not one at Parramatta, nor any likely
to be. So little attention being paid to teh Minister makes religion appear
contemptible: some times Mr Marsden preaches in a convicts hut; sometimes
in a place appropriated for corn; & at times does not know where he is to
perform it- which often makes him quite uneasy & puts him at of-temper
both with teh palce & people. With respect to myself I enjoy both any
health & spirits pretty well, equally as well as when in England.
I thank you for kind attention to my daughter; the book you sent her

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