Gladfield, 24th February 1852.
My Dear William
I am in receipt of yours of the 27th of January and was in hopes it was an answer to one I wrote you some time back telling you the difficulty of procuring payment and asking you what I had better do, about the wine; However I must apologise for not having sooner remitted the amount I have received, which I now do to the amount of £26 -16 -- by my cheque on the Commercial Bank & Co Sydney. No 76 dated 24th February in favor of [Twenty six?]. I fancy my letter is in one of your splendidly arranged Post offices, waiting till called for. I enclose a memo of the casks and I can assure you I have personally examined the casks, and the Heads of them are all perfectly rotten, with, tow & tar stuffed into the leaks, and some white lead; [indecipherable] this has been done so badly that in Mr Dix's cask there actually was not more than six or eight gallons; out of twenty nine,