Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 134

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35, Hyde Park Gardens
July 21st 1866

My dear Macarthur

John Veitch has arrived all safe tho not looking much better for his travels, and has handed over to me the 3 [indecipherable] you have been good enough to procure for me, the value of which I may add is very materially enhanced by the note which you give and [indecipherable] their site.  I can understand how they might get buried in a century or so [indecipherable] the depth you mention in a [indecipherable], but how they would get to the depth of 18 inches, or how 18 inches of humus could all come over them in the situation you mention puzzles me unless you give an extreme antiquity to the Australian race.  When I return from the [indecipherable] whether I [indecipherable] the day after tomorrow on a 5 weeks trip, I will see what [indecipherable] to say to it.  I wish that I could obtain drawings of the outlines cut in some of the Caves between Goulburn & Bathurst, & on

Sir William Macarthur

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them the [indecipherable] what David calls our "Beasts of the People" [indecipherable].  Your drought will have broken up finally I trust.  I have not suffered like my neighbours, but still enough to make a very serious difference in my income.  Thanks for all yr. intelligence about Ashton.  It was a kind & wise thing to send him to New Zealand.

With our united love & regards,

Ever yr. affecte. friend,

Geo: Macleay


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