Gad's Hill Place,
Higham by Rochester, Kent.
Monday Seventh October 1867
My Dear Mr Hills
I decide to go to America. My Cunard ship, The Cuba, sails from Liverpool on Lord Mayor's Day.
Will you with your usual kindness, select a small medicine chest for me? I take four men with me, and want the bottles of a proportionate size. The only medicines I care to have, are those I usually carry for Neuralgic touches: namely, Laudanum - Ether - Sal Volatile - and those pills of Dr Brenton's with which Dolly plays at ball down his throat when he has nothing else to do. Perhaps some quinine might be a good addition.
With kindest regards from all here.
Very faithfully yours
Thomas Hills Esquire
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