him to [?] them full or you would have had a touch up before - had commenced half a dozen times but could never get to a finish - work at the dockeyard [dockyard] coming to an untimely end -
You are of course aware I am  holding a Govt situation I mean appointment & { situation is so vulgar and it has been a very sharp fight for me to tug through all alone - must soon to be all square and hope to hold the Billet as long as I wish for it  -  but Govt is Very unsettled just now, nothing is certain.
[indecipherable] I am about 100 miles up country in the bush - hard at work cutting into Land

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