Reverend Robert James Roberts Diary 1901 (A/E/R54/R54 1901)
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I sat up last night till 12. At midnight I heard the booming of j___, big a little, one of them aims _____ sharp look of a rifle ____ by on this inland, ____ ___ the annual of this so ____, I am alone in my home on Keeper Island _____for a year. Lap named Jhoido, who was some of bod at at a sack home. I used a part of the of the Epiltos of __ Selie of ____ my best at 1PM but I did not feel al all well at 5PM. I work up a bodily rain + hads touch of Rhe___ a___ in my left knee. Sat up at once + made___ is ____ steady + a___ 6 of the jap had a cup of coffee for me, may he a Canteuanau be of he cant live for ever. The years have fled ___ fast and ____ I'll see, o___ until may Tap by God's good will his s___ in heaven above. Let me this hope and become Him still who is so full of love.