John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 171
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and I was aboard & off in no time = Came up to Town presented myself, sent in my application but have not yet obtained the situation – could not have applied at a worse time – the Surveyor General being very busy electioneering.
All heads of Department have to be returned for some places or they lose their appointments
Have not yet been able to get at him or even to get an answer = Have been [indecipherable] about at the Survey Off. for more than a week – it is always a bad lookout when anything has to go thro several hands. The Surveyors too in Gipps Land have done their work in several cases very badly and this makes them extremely cautious now when they appoint. Had to undergo examination by one of the head Engineers. Got thro' that part of the business very well - but he