Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 351
pr "Margaret Mitchell"
London 1st June 1865
Messrs J & W Macarthur
We have the pleasure to acknowledge your favour of the 20th March, by which we are pleased to learn that Mr James Macarthur and Family arrived at Sydney in the "Duncan Dunbar" all well satisfied with the Ship and Officers. We feel sure that Captain Swanson would do everything in his power to make his Passengers comfortable and we shall, after your strong testimony in his favour, recommend all our friends proceeding to the Colony by sailing vessel, to give his ship the preference. The "Duncan Dunbar" arrived in the Channel on the 18th ult, after a splendid run home of 86 days.
Enclosed we beg to wait upon you with Bill of Lading for J & W McA 1/10 10 Drums Colza Oil from Hubbuck & Sons, on your account, which we have shipped pr "Margaret Mitchell", Captain Gibson, on the point of sailing for Sydney. We debit you for the Shipping Expenses 15/- as per Note herewith. Not having received instructions from you to insure it goes forward at your own risk.
We have heard nothing from Mr Blaxckwell of Oxford Street, respecting the small parcel of Harness, mentioned in your letter.
Much to our regret, we are unable to advise the sale of the remainder of your Wine. Every possible endeavour has ben used by the writer, to meet with a purchaser, but without success. We have consulted a leading Wine Broker in Mincing Lane, about including it in one of his Auction Sales, but he assures us that it would be useless to attempt to dispose of it in this way, as we should not even get a bid for it. We are just now in treaty with a Party to take it off our hands, and we only hope that he will make an offer that will cover Dock charges, and thus enable us to close this long