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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 about 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 Bankg. Co Sydney. No. 76 dated 24th February in favor of Twenty six. – I fancy my letter is in some of our 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 perfectly rotten, with, tow & tar stuffed into the leaks, and some white lead; put over 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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