Mail folder question

When Mail was corrupted, I saved the library mail folder to desktop before deleting the prefs.
I've successfully reimported that Mail folder contents back into mail.
The question: Is it now OK to delete the mail folder from desktop?

The question: Is it now OK to delete the mail folder from desktop?
Yes.
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