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should assuredly do so. I am corrected, and with great
Ismail was much affected. The good fellow immediately
took off his watch-chain (happily of brass and of no intrinsic
value) and gave it me, assuring me that it was given him by a
very dear friend, that he had worn it for many years, and
valued it greatly—would I keep it as a memorial of himself ?
Fortunately I had with me a little silver match-box which
Alfred had given me and which had my name engraved on it.
I gave it to him, but had some difficulty in making him accept
it. Then we rode on till we came to the saw-mills. I ordered
two lambs for the ten soldiers who had accompanied us,
having understood from Yakoub that this would be an
acceptable present. And so I parted from this most kind and
friendly gentleman with every warm expression of cordiality
on both sides.
I sent him his photograph which I had taken, and I sent
his soldiers their groups also—one for each man—and in due
course I received the following letter of thanks. Alas! I
have never written in answer. I knew not how to do it. I
knew, however, that I could not keep up a correspondence,
even though I wrote once. But few unanswered letters
more often rise up and smite me. How the Post Office people
ever read " Bueter, Ciforzin St." into " Butler, Clifford's Inn "
I cannot tell. What splendid emendators of a corrupt text
they ought to make ! But I could almost wish that they had
failed, for it has pained me not a little that I have not replied.
Mr. Samuel Bueter,
No. 15 Ciforzin St. London, England.
Mr. Samuel. England.
MY DEAR FRIEND,
Many thanks for the phothograph you have send me.
It was very kind of you to think of me to send me this token
of your remembrance. I certainly appreciate it, and shall
think of you whenever I look at it Ah My Dear Brother, it is
impossible for me to forget you. under favorable circumstance
I confess I must prefer you. I have a grate desire to have the