Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 248
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My dear Friend
Ley's Orchids were dispatched the St. Osyth, a large new steamer which started for Melbourne on the 2nd of this month.
I rather stupidly sent you the Bill of Lading & list of the Orchids by the Torres Straits mail
Sir William Macarthur, M.L.C.
Yr very [indecipherable] friend
Poor Hooker has lost his life. He fell down dead suddenly [indecipherable]. It is supposed from the bursting of an aneurysmal tumor. It is in many ways a frightful loss to [indecipherable] from [indecipherable]