Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 193
Sydney 26th June 1856
Though I have been prevented by pressure of business during the last three weeks from answering your letter of the 23rd inst, its contents have had all my attention -
The Octave of Muscat for Mr D. Cooper has been prepared for bottling and be got ready for him in a few days, along with the Gonais and red wine. The quarter cask of Riesling which you announced on the [29?] as about to be sent next week has not arrived yet .
According to your wish I have called on Bishop Barker immediately after the receipt of your letter, and tasted his wine, which I found bright but flat and weak, and evidently bottle sick and nothing more; I offered his Lordship to exchange it at once, for an equal number of Camden wine in my Store, and ??? up to him a bottle of Gonais, one of the red wines and one of Muscat as Samples to select from, mentioning at the same time that if he did not approve of the samples you would exchange his wine for some others from Camden. I have nothing further about it since that time -- Capt Wright has forwarded to me from Melbourne an order for 20 doz Muscat for Col Anderson. I have only on hand 10 doz which I intend shipping to him per next Steamer and I will be left without any