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AC [[Sig?, Sigr?]]
H [[Sig?, Sigr?]] Humphry
[[Sig?, Sigr?]] [[Varinisi?]]
a Florance
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Parma the 2nd of July 1775

Dear Sir,

The Receipt for Varnish is as follows, take of the [[Whi?]]test Gum arabick, two pounds to a gallon of Rectified spirits of wine, up to [[nearing?]] [[half?]] [[if?]] [[?]] [[?]] [[infuse?]] two [[spoonfuls?]] of the Balsam of Fir, if you find it too thick add more spirits of Wine.

The Person who superintends the Academy told me a few days ago he has received a Canvas with [[?]][[?]]lime on it which he was to keep for Mr Humphry, & that a Mr Carter, George Carter, he [[?]] [such?, sends?] to [the?] [Port?][[?]] with an outline, [[?]] that he [[?]] been crossing very soon too. [[?]] the Picture of [[?]] he asked me if I [[?]]. I told him [[?]] he said Mr Humphrey had the first right if he intended to come [Would?] keep the [[?]] for him & asked me if I would write to you to to know when you would be here [[?]] promised. 
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