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    Plymouth County, Mass. 
    November 1840

    Honoured Father & Mother:
    I received your melancholy letter with an account of Brother Walter's death on Saturday, October 17th. The mail steamship Acadia arrived that day morning at 8 o'clock, making her passage in 12 days and 17 hours. I felt very cheerful at receiving a letter at the postoffice. The one for John Whetter, I carried to the store of one of my Chelsea friends. I did not notice that my letter had a black seal until I had returned to the boat and started for Wingham. On the seal I read "Tomorrow we die". Then I began to think that an arrow from the grim messenger had thinned the rank or file of our family, but the great question was, "Who is the victim?"

         "Death loves a shining mark and signal blow, 
          A blow which wile it executes, alarms 
          And startles thousands by a single fall."

    With a trembling hand, I proceeded to open the letter. Here I soon discovered a my


    From a transcription by Frank Hayward KLIPPEL

    Owner/SourceEdward Richard Rible
    Linked toEleanor Hoblyn HODGE; John YELLAND; William Hodge YELLAND

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