19 May 1871
In acknowledging the receipt of your letter of the 13th Instant, I have the honor to inform that my letter was sent to the Station Master at Muswellbrook and not to the Traffic Manager at Newcastle.
My object was to learn if the missing Box of Instruments were at Muswellbrook. Mr Beeston now informs me, by letter date May 17: that there is no such Box at Muswellbrook Station.
I have the honor to be
Your obedient servant
H C Russell
The Under Secretary for Public Works