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10th, [My dray?] arrived at [Mallis?] Plains all right [delayed?] only by the [hardships?] of the roads which  were very bad, [?.] & getting {early?] to [.....]  slept there the night
11th, Left after breakfast & coming opposite to [ McCary's?] found that to cross the river my [mare?]
must swim & thinking she would have [plenty] to do without my weight led her through with [some] difficulty [nothing] is I think more foolish than [entering] into water without being very certain of your [horse?]. I once did so & by the merest chance escaped. The levies in this country rise exceedingly quick and are very rapid & in most parts the banks are precipitous / dined?] at [???] & [got?] to [town?] [???ding?]  late in the evening.
12th Got intelligence of the death of my [Buck] laying & feed state, ploughing & at [??? Place -
13th. Separated my sheep & ploughman in charge to my own shepherd Total [ 467 head ] also my cattle & [??] [near?] to my own farm-----------
14 Sunday after praying & an early dinner Townshend & myself took a ride which I did not enjoy at all,
15th Marked 132 last year Lambs & on coming to [??] found that one of my goat [skin?] huts had been [???] of all the eatables it contained immediately [least ten?] muskets & Hacks & [Townshend?] heading [apart?] came I went with him with five Hacks & after searching some time got on the  [track?] of these men which they [act??] king Hack forward with the greatest ease . over tremendous hills until [one????] [rendered?] it [?????]
I do not think a fox hunt could have given me greater interest. Just as night came on the sky clouded over it began to rain & [thunder?] great signs of an approaching wet night. We got to an old sheepstation where [there?] was what once had been called a hut under this we all together [pissed?] & were [really?] not very uncomfortable but very hungry; at day break we again  [ventured??] & took direction to [???] the [?????] sheep station about two miles distant having come in sight of the hut
[Townshend?] took [?] party & [???] there in order to attack the hut at two points & leader [retreat??] [???????] acti???able I got to the place first. & reaching to the door called [where?] men are you & some poor [harmless?] [shepherds?] who were quietly eating their breakfast when their surprise had subsided they managed to tell me - this is a remarkably pretty place & [???] think heat adapted for a sheep run. a limestone cements hills not too high water holes at present finds & [???] most luxuriant, we now took over coarse as [?????] [???] just back again & having [gone?] over [?] four miles came to [Parker?] settlement which he is first farming here we refreshed ourselves with a cup of tea and some bread which was Mrs [?????] at [??????station] with my companion All our toil for nothing he to his & she my [???] Where we both found all things [????] had my goods & chattels [carried?] to [????]
17th. Had the good fortune to find twenty [?] lambs all well which had escaped from us at washing where [???] have the power [sheep?] station [????] to look after the sheep which come out of the [washing????] [hands?] as they are [very apt?] to go away for  [???] practice & thereby occasion much trouble [Poss Pack???] [here?] with a terrible misfortune. he had been [?] cut every taken out four young Bullocks with yokes & [????] & they had got [past?] twice all found dead 'tis far better to risk losing Bullocks & [???] the
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