John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 278

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becoming quite a public character   My name has been continually in the papers - Being amongst the Gold Fields in this part I have often had to report something about them etc. These communications are always published and you may suppose as there is great difference of opinion in these matters - there are many letters - some backing me up others accusing me of mis-representing the diggings - but that is always the case.  Gov.t [Government] Officers never being allowed to notice these things  -  it saves them a  world of trouble - Punch had a sharp go in at me lately about some of the work in this part -  Gov.t [Government] having altered one of my plans in spite of all reports and made a fist of it -  there is certain to be a row about it And the whole of the correspondence sure to be published

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