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 [indecipherable], aboard & off in no time = [indecipherable] Jones presented my [indecipherable], sent in my application but have not yet [offamed?] the situations – could not have applied at a worse time – the Surveyor Generals being very busy electioneering.
All heads of Department have to be retained for [service?] places or they lose their appointments
Have not yet been able to get at him or even to get an answer = Have been [?] about at the Survey Off. for more than a week – it is always [?] when anything