John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 170

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for inefficiency not long since - at one time I thought of trying for the appointment but supposing it would be used useless trouble - gave up ?ides - I lucking it best to shelf to the certainty - being one evening down at the port upon business, the matter was casually
brought up and some friends very strongly advised to make up the attempt. - The surveyor in charge of this district happened to come down the next morning. The outpost was broached^ to him and he (very ruedly) said he had thought the service would just suit me, and he had deferred making application for another ^warrant to be sent down until he had spoken to me about it. He offered me a tfr to head quarters. I of course jumped at the chance - the steamer was just about starting-  the lt was written while the bell was ringing.

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