John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 126

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writing this, a large Bush-Fire is blazing and smoking away about a mile distant in front of the housing.  The grass and scrub being [indecipherable]  up from long continuance of day to [indecipherable].
This is the very same place Mr Gibson recently arrived here & that Dr Hedley Miss Picks Show was  [/] relation was living at the time he wrote that letter which we [?] read just previous to my leaving home  -  Often must see & call upon the Dr he lives about a mile and a half distant, in the Township of Tarraville  =  He sold this property for something like Two hundred and fifty pounds it is said to be worth almost as many thousands as [he was?] to hundred for it  -
I have not heard from Robert for the last three weeks  -  his last communication was dated from Castlemaine  -  he had dropped into some employment that suited and he impressed [?] himself to [lovably?] very pleased  -  He  was quite well.  Have just written to him & Am hoping every post  to hear from him   = but undoubtedly he has given all news to his home epistles as last time he mentioned his being able to write to his friends - 
Everything is very dull in this District  -  a dead
Chick has been given to the Omeo goldfields and in all probability it will be some time ere they go ahead again Mt Turgarley[?] before leaving Melbourne spoke of them being impressed with the notion that it would be a good speculation for his part to start doctoring there =  [?] an a few diggers shall at [?] but they remain in the most provoking state of health & the  indecipherable]    oblige to sell stories instead of physic -
This place Green Hills is by far the prettiest spot throughout the Lower District of Gippsland  -  with Rose trees in full blossom  -  a most wicked sentimental looking Veranda [lilies?]  [?] just

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