Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 515
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My dear Friend
By the "Whampoa" which sails tomorrow from London Green has sent you a case of Orchids packed in a mixture of shavings & sawdust. He was afraid of the latter as the sole medium in such damp weather [indecipherable]. [indecipherable] has taken charge of it & has got it well safely stowed at the top of the cargo & had the Captains promise that it shall not be badly treated. Mrs. Woolley who goes by the same ship has promised me to speak to the Captain & officers about its well being during the voyage. The Bills of Lading you will get from [indecipherable]. The list of the contents I will forward. They are a nice lot, very cheap I think, about 100 plants I should imagine, of which 56 different [indecipherable]
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to [indecipherable] D. Bigibbum will some be [indecipherable]. The sooner Veitch parts with his supply the better. I left word with the Cleets when I was there that such was my opinion & the answer was that they know it.
Will write again very shortly. With warmest love to you all.
[indecipherable] yr. affecte old friend