I've been reading up on absolute phrases recently, and I was wondering if the following construction is grammatically correct:

"Jared went to bed with a lot on his mind, each thought brimming with sadness and regret."

I would normally think that there should be a with after the comma, but the overabundance of the word in other parts of the sentence seem to make a third with redundant.

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Seems fine to me. In this type of construction, with is often elided but still implied. Compare:

Freddy entered the office feeling agitated, [with] his mind no longer on the three-o'clock deadline but on the evening's assignation that he was now anticipating.

Kelly came hobbling down the hallway towards them, [with] her foot dragging and [with] her paralysed arm swinging limply above the decayed linoleum.

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