Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 518
Phylloxera now still of very diminutive size, of dark colour, and in a torpid state. the vines, however, show signs of their new vegetation being about to develop itself, and it is as certain that the Phylloxera will awake from its present quietness and begin to lay new eggs, at the same time as the first leaves will come out.
I have every reason to adhere to my previous advices, with respect to the way the infected vineyards should be dealt with.
The insect is now too well settled to justify any hope saving the district and of annihilating the species of the insect, by the destruction of any plantations of vines however extensively or carefully such wholesale destruction might be carried out.
I maintain that it will prove far more satisfactory and less expensive, to apply at once such available remedies as the experience of other Countries recommend.
My special knowledge of the subject gives me an absolute certainty that everyone of the Camden vineyards can be absolutely saved from ruin and