From The Letters of Edward Fitzgerald, Volume IV: 1877 - 1883, edited by Alfred & Annabelle Terhune
"I must not let Christmas and the Old Year pass away without a loving word from me. You know that I have but little more to say; for I have seen and heard less all this Year than any year before, I think: and have at present little news to report of my own personal Condition.
Let me hear at least as much, and as well, of yourself."
From a letter to Frederick Tennyson, dated Woodbridge, December, 1881, Fitzgerald then aged 72