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such promise and would have reached the highest offices in the State if
only his qualities had had time to ripen. And now he has been cut down
in the very flower of manhood! What a keen and enthusiastic student he
was, how well read, and what a number of essays he had made in writing!
Yet all have perished with him and left no fruit for posterity to reap.
But it is useless for me to indulge my sorrow, for if once one gives it
free play, even the slightest occasions for grief are magnified into
crushing blows. I will write no more, and so check the tears which this
letter has made to flow. Farewell.
END OF VOL. 1.
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