John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 377

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much tempted to join and go in with a will -
I suppose by this time you have heard the news of the Attempt on the life of Prince Alfred at Sydney by a man named O Farrell.   It has no doubt caused much excitement at home = There was a tremendous uproar out here about it  -  He was hung for it a day or two since  -  His friends tried hard to get him off or rather his sentence commuted but the New South Wales Authority would not hear of it -
Time warns me I must come to an end [?] has just come down with some letters for me to enclose and
joins  me in kindest love to You all [at Sarah?] - as well as Mr & Mrs Bird and other friends and believe me dr [dear] Father
Yr Affectionate Jas 
Remember me kindly to the members of Lodge -

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