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Oh! will you except the fond wishes of a friend.
That virtue and peace through your life may attend
May contentment and peace find a home in your heart
And self approbation be ever your guest.

May fortune smile on you in life's cloudless morn
Be blended with roses exempt from a thorn
May the precepts of wisdom be always your guide
And integrity over your actions preside

signed "Ahtram / Baltimore May 1842"
"Ahtram" is "Martha" spelled backwards.
Handwriting is identical to that of MHB in poem 32