Volume 60: William Campbell letters, 1846-1894: No. 272

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The probability is that few of the sheep drank any of the well water on the Tuesday, for the water being brackish and in troughs it requires some time to break a flock of young sheep to water at a well.  This is the first heavy loss of sheep I have had in the dry plains of the Lachlan & Murrimbidgee and I must not grumble about it as I could never have afforded it better.  It however shews the great risk of sheep farming in a waterless country, and the very great care required in their management.  I however could not help feeling for the painful death of some many innocent useful animals through the stupidity of one of our fellow creatures.

After about a month of moist hot weather we are having rain today which will be a great blessing to man & beast.  The old grass of last year was like tinder & all hands now on

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