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[Pencil note:] Donaldson 1855

13 Austin Friars 
London [8?] Oct 1855 

Dear Sir 

We are this morning in receipt of your favour of 6th Inst, in which you request us to forward you 
8 Doz quarts 14 Doz Pints Dry Wine
8 [Doz quarts] 8 [Doz Pints] Muscat
16 [Doz quarts] 22 – to the care of Mr Joubert which shall have our best attention – We have already communicated with Messrs Finze & Williams on the subject.  They inform us it is necessary to be particularly careful that the Bottles be quite dry & they will not be able to commence for a few days, in the meantime they are engaged in making up a calculation of the expenses, which of course can only be approximate. – In order to distinguish each cask when bottled we have directed Dies to be cut No 1 [to?] 11 – being the number of casks, & each bottle will be sealed with its respective number;  these dies will cost 1/6 [to?] 2/- each.

We have had a call from Captn Langford RN, who it appears. has had some conversation with you relative to these wines & has ordered 12 Doz of Muscat. & will probably take some of the Dry wine. – 

We think all the wines are in condition to be bottled except one cask of Dry –  & we propose to rack it with one of the others when empty. –

We remain, Dear Sir    
Yours very truly
Donaldson Lambert & Co

W McArthur Esq 

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