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If I can do any thing for you prior to arrival I shall only be too glad.

Hawthorne House

27 March 1860

My dear Mr. Macarthur,

I had the pleasure of your letter of the 17th inst.  I think you have acted wisely in deferring your voyage for a month longer, as the equinoctial gales will be over before you start.  The "Northam" although a fine fast going Steamer is badly ventilated and although it will be warmer in the red sea with you, you will be in a better ventilated ship, and I think altogether more comfortable.  I speak from experience, having made 4 passages to & from Europe in Steamers, one of them in the "Northam".

I have ascertained that Mr. G.A. Amos is a most respectable


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