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The first week of our stay at N. orleans had a call from Mrs. David Stickney, an old friend, formerly of Newburyport, was absent from home, but wasted no time in returning the call the next day. In company with husband Fanny, and Capt. Wm Lunt, found her in a comfortable home, with her two youngest children, she has become a widow since last we met, and has lost her eldest daughter. Her face bares the marks of affliction, I go abroad but seldom, on account of the extreme heat and prevailing sickness. Many have sickened about us but few have died within our knowledge. It seems confined in a great measure to the Ship. Three men were taken out of the Ship aside us, but all recovered. The mate of the Snow has died and Capt. Randale of the Floating Zephyn. Also Mrs. Elizabeth Ryan, wife of Capt. David J. Ryan of the White Falcon of Brunswick Me. aged 29 after an illness of one week on the first of Nov 1854. We attended her funeral on the evening of the same day. All Saints day we met many returning from the burial ground, bearing vases of flowers wreaths and various designs, with which the graves of departed friends had been ornamented during the day. Many beautiful bouquets and wreaths still remained, lying on and about the tombs. The grave yard at N. Orleans is a most irregular looking place. A thick wall was before us in which new apartments, in appearance like ovens, many tier high, the corpse was deposited in the fourth tier from the grounds slowly and sadly was the last service spoken by the man of God, and sad were many hearts in sympathy with the bereaved husband, about to leave this port, and his dear departed, in a strange land far from the graves of her father, far from home. We have been highly favored above many and had but little sickness and that not severe.