Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 514

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of it, or maintain their vineyards in spite or it, by the Government assisting them, as is done in France, to the extent of half the cost of any remedying treatment carried out under official supervision and which circumstances would recommend as the best adapted to the peculiar conditions of every vineyard, a competent and experienced officer or Board being appointed by the Government for the purpose just named: at the same time all uncultivated vineyards in the vicinity of such as are infected being in all cases destroyed or brought again under cultivation.

I must add that every grower with whom I came in contact, evinced great satisfaction at the interest thus taken by the Government in the matter, and in every way assisting the inquiry, as everyone of them said they could not in any way, at the present time, ascertain whether they had the inset or not on their vines.
There are fully 500 families within the Cumberland County alone, having largely invested in vineyards and unless active

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