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Wishes for a lasting peace.
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Heathcote, William, "Letter to Charles Pettit McIlvaine" (1863). Charles Pettit McIlvaine Letters. 372.
April 21 1863
My dear Bishop,
Although I [have] left a letter of yours, written not long after Christmas, unanswered [till] after Easter, it has not been because I [?] your good wishes and remembrance of [us] [lightly], or that I failed to reciprocate them. The truth is that [from] day to day I [procrastinate] in the [hope] of [news], which would enable me to begin my letter with [congratulating] you on prospects of [?] [peace], if not as you would wish, in one united country, at least between two great [nations].
But nothing has come of this, and I [have] [run] [the] [risk] of [appearing] unmindful of you, [to no] purpose. As it is, it is too [unhappy] a [subject for us to dwell] on [willingly]!
Pray [tell] Miss McIlvaine that [this] [?] to [?], which you remember so kindly, and in which she was my companion on the Coach box, has left its mark on my memory very deeply, and if I [?] to [see] you all visit England again, I hope that you will see our [Hampshire] [Country] to more advantages than in the middle of Winter, & that I [?] the [person] to show it to you.
Lady Heathcote desires that [her] [very] kindest regards may be given to your daughters, & to yourself and I beg you to believe me, my dear Bishop [with] great [thankfulness] [for the Blessing] which you sent me.
PS Mrs. [Keble]’s health has been on a [precarious] [stall], and [both] of [them] have [spent] [their] whole Winter at Penzance in Cornwall.