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Gladfield, 24th February 1852.

My Dear William
I am in receipt of yours of the 27th of January and was in hopes it was an answer to one I wrote you some time back telling you the difficulty of procuring payment and asking you what I had better do, about the wine;  However I must apologise for not having sooner remitted the amount I have received, which I now do to the amount of £26 -16 --  by my cheque on the Commercial Bank & Co Sydney.  No 76 dated 24th February in favor of [Twenty six?].  I fancy my letter is in one of your splendidly arranged Post offices, waiting till called for.  I enclose a memo of the casks  and I can assure you I have personally examined the casks, and the Heads of them are all perfectly rotten, with, tow & tar stuffed into the leaks, and some white lead; [indecipherable] this has been done so badly that in Mr Dix's cask there actually was not more than six or eight gallons; out of twenty nine,

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