Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 366
of 1848, among us amateurs, is still in good force, & the wine is barely in its prime; but it was for body [indecipherable] good quality a first rate vintage, not so elegant tho' as 19847; but withal, more likely to last and resist time & climate.
The vintages of 1857, 54 & 57 are all spent or so, but we consider 1858 a very capital wine; you will at all events be able to judge of it by the [mission?] ready to be on its way.
In answer to your obliging enquiry I am glad to say we are all well as we were six years ago. In particular I am better; but my wife & myself have advanced in the vale of years & feel the effects of time.
Charles Barton whose marriage