John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 212

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these places - a high wall of scrub close on each side (No fresh air) and the sun immediately overhead - the chain occasionally get [s] heated that we cannot hold it - it is however not always so - All [crossed out] the climate of Gipps Land altogether is very fine - also [?] at times warm, there is a clearness of atmosphere that one does not feel The
lassitude usually experienced in warm countries -
I was completely done up the other day measuring
a portion of the River - being in one of these cleared cuttings - sun very hot - very slight air and the country on fire to windward - it was a scorcher - fancy the poor unfortunate dragging one of those chains thro [through] the scrub - we were obliged to give up at last

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