John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 204
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Bill was immediately forwarded to my agents at Port Albert - in course of time the vessel
( Sep 30th) I waited as patiently as could be reasonably expected for a month thinking every week to get inform.n. that the case to us arrived at Port Albert.
I wrote at last and secured answer that they had [word crossed out] advice that it had not been landed at Melbourne up to a certain day, but expected it would be [word crossed out] shortly and in all probability would come down by the return trip of the steamer - a week or two afterwards there came information that the ship was cleared out and no where could this aforesaid case be found -
it was feared it was lost and as I was so far removed and the ship about to sail they had put in a claim of £100 - When I received this news I kicked at