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5 Severn Place
March 25 1864

My dear William Macarthur

Just a few words to congratulate you upon your safe arrival, with all your treasures in good order in the dear old Colony for dear it must also register to me.  I make quite sure that you got over all your [indecipherable] troubles both safely & pleasantly & are now hard at work at Camden. 

I wish that I could make quite as sure that you found all things going on agreeably & pleasantly there, but I hope for the best & expect to hear by the May

Sir William Macarthur

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way home, so as to have had a view of the Bulbs in flower.  To turn to a matter in which we are both interested.  I learn here by the last mail a Petition from my late Tenants, its purpose you may readily imagine.  Now I now expect to get a [indecipherable] from these people & might as well make a [indecipherable] of necessity & ensure all their rates but I feel I have a duty to my being [indecipherable] in the pure sense of the word as well as in the 

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