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[Page 371]

[In pencil - 1877]

July 16th

Pendell Court, Bletchingley,
Surrey.

My dear old Friend

Let me again, in [indecipherable] condole with you & express my deep regret at such a signal failure as you describe as having attended the St. Osyth envoi.  The trouble taken both in collecting the contents & in packing them was so great & the money they cost was so much, that the result is beyond measure [indecipherable].  You put up with this vexatious loss in so very admirable a spirit that the [indecipherable] on this side is very miserably embarrassed.  Had you used strong language against Green or against me, we should have been far less disgraced.

The Honble,
Sir W. Macarthur, M.L.C.

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