Oct 23rd 1848.
My dear MacArthur
I only got your letter of Thursday on Saturday, so have not had an opportunity of replying to your query as to the rate of payments here before today. We are giving 2/9 per term for shearing and 22/ per week with a day ration - for working - non working days however not counted.
Mr. Peter has agreed to give his people what Taaffe & you are giving! he has written to Taaffe to know what that may be and has had no answer as yet.
Wm Macarthur Esq.