[In pencil - 1864]
London March 20
My very dear friend
I have been laid up with Bronchitis & sore throat ever since I landed in Europe owing to the frightful cold prevailing in Italy & France & am only now recovering under the genial influence of the climate of this much maligned Country. Owing to some [indecipherable] connected in some way of [indecipherable] with that solvent of all such
The Honble Sir William Macarthur
I never saw Pendell Court so well cared for through friends in apple-pie order. He will know why I mention this. With much love to you all my dear friends Mrs Macarthur & Elizabeth, Arthur & the Bairns.
I am ever yr. attached old friend