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