John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 217
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You cannot think how much I sometimes long to be amongst you all again - but I fear it would be impolite [?]
to return yet - being perhaps better fitted for the Colony than England. Close confinement would not suit me now - The absurd notion of making a fortune is a delusion which does not trouble me. I would be perfectly satisfied to return had I equally good prospects or chances in the old Country.
Inclination lust etc etc [?] would lead me home but I doubt I would do no [?] good, And am therefore tempted to remain a while longer - There is much fear, there will be great alterations in the Survey Department - I would of course by and by like to be to be more stationary