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DECIPHERED FROM THE SHORT-HAND MSS, IN THE BODLEIAN LIBRARY,
RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET,
JOURNALS, AND CORRESPONDENCE
SAMUEL PEPYS, ESQ.
MR. HOUBLON TO PEPYS, AT CADIZ.
London, Dec. 3, 1683. I HAD the satisfaction to receive yours of the 11th and 17th, and (by Dr. Trumbull) of the 19th October, and now, yours of 5th November, with all which, with the account of your health, , both myself, and y your friends with me, have been greatly pleased.
By the miscarriage of that letter I wrote by the Andaluzia, I am greatly disappointed in my hope of your having the like satisfaction in hearing from us. I cannot lay blame on Mr. Hodges, till I have an account how, and by whom, he sent it. I blame myself that I have not written to you since, though I have, in excuse, the continual hopes you gave of your speedy return.