Leamington 21st Nov 1856 [Pencil note:] 1856?
Sir Wm Macarthur
Dear Sir William
We duly received the Samples of your Australian wines you were kind enough to send us and we are very sorry to find we cannot at present take any of them as they are not yet fit for use.
We hope that when a few years are past the wine may become more matured and consequently more saleable in this country that it would be at present and that then we may be able to have some of it
We do not dislike the Muscat but we think it too young for use and also if we had it in this country we could not sell it at a price under £2 the dozen which would be more than people would care about given for an unknown wine
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Probably written in 1856. W. Macarthur arrived in England in March 1855, was in Paris May - Dec. of that year, and was knighted in March 1856. (M.F. 7.9.'50)