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[Pencil note:]  Lord Robert Cecil

April. 13. 1855.
20 Arlington St.

My Dear Mr Macarthur 

Your offer is a very kind one & I must thank you for it very sincerely.  But I own I feel some scruple in making you bear the burden of a risk which I voluntarily took upon myself. 

I had two octaves of you – one of sweet wine – & one of a wine resembling Hock.  At first both seemed


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