Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 294

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or Yass in a season of acknowledged drought.  The Hay was about half a crop, but the cereals were all unusually good so far as I could see [indecipherable] alive.  Roots [indecipherable] in Scotland in a very [indecipherable] state.  What will be one condition in [indecipherable] unless [indecipherable] comes in the [indecipherable] of the next 3 weeks I am afraid to think.  Poor Peter is looking anxiously for rain.  He is not able to go out to shoot and his salmon [indecipherable] which ordinarily [indecipherable] at this season [indecipherable] 4 or 5 fish a day [indecipherable] is so low as to give no sport at all.  Poor poor Peter is able to walk about the House, but so much paralysed as to be quite unequal to get over a hundred yards when I without our stalwart friend in all the glory of his 

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