John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 239

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and covered with fine grass - The Valley may be from about 8 miles Wide - from the Main Mountain Ranges on each side. Which of course fall to the River in immense serrated steep broken spurs to which of course break  again into an endless number of branches with deep steep gullies to match -  There is no level country except an occasional patch of a few acres on the River.
It is necessary to see the country to understand and appreciate it.
As far as myself is concerned I would like it far better if I had not to walk [?] quite so much - it is fearful hard work and most tedious surveying & Atho [although]  accustomed to heavy walking - it was at first most painful -  The strain on some of the muscles so great that I felt as tho' [though] I had been most severely beaten. [section crossed out]
From some of the higher points the view is most magnificent and without limit  Ranges of mountains rising upon ['mountains' is crossed out and 'ranks' is written in] as far as the eye can reach.  Some take

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