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but we are now at the most critical period of the year when the grapes turn & the oidium has been known to to break out then when it was least expected with the utmost virulence; the state of affairs is therefore very uncertain

7th August:  The weather has been very bad since I wrote and I have been laid up; but with the return of fine weather I feel much better, in the interim I have had the catalogue of the last sales of Australian wool sent me by Bertram Barton who has been in communication with Mr Brooks in London, & I find the prices there are not so good as here they range from 2s 11d to 9½ pr pound now adding 12 pr C[ent] for the difference of our weights the french demi kilo weighing 16 french ounces [indecipherable] the English pound weights only 14¼ french ounces; 6fr 25c and 3..60 per kilo of 2 [indecipherable] being the extreme points of the french prices, make I think a better average not to speak of the charges which are not so heavy here

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