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" That is my greatest desire also, my dear child," said her father; "I am continually thinking how we can prove our gratitude in some measure to our benefactor."
Herr Sesemann then rose and went to the uncle, who was sitting beside the grandmamma, and was having an unusually pleasant talk with her. He also rose. Herr Sesemann grasped his hand and said in the most friendly way : —
" My dear friend, let us have a word together! You will understand me when I tell you that for many long years I have had no real happiness. What was all my money and wealth to me when I looked at my poor child whom I could not make well and happy with all my riches ? Next to our God in heaven, you have made the child well for me and given new life to me also. Now tell me how I can show my gratitude to you. I can never repay you for what you have done for us, bul whatever is in my power I place at your disposal. Tell me, my friend, what I can do."
The uncle had listened in silence, and watched the happy father with a smile of contentment.
" Herr Sesemann, believe me, that I also have my share in the great joy at the recovery on our Aim; my pains have been well rewarded," said the uncle in his decided way. " I thank you, Herr Sesemann, for your kind offer, but there is nothing that I need ; as long as I live I have enough for the child and myself. But I have one wish; if I could have that granted, I should have no more anxiety for life."