John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 256
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Timburra Creek, Numblamungie Range,
May 31st 1859.
My dear Father
Having written You very recently I have of course but very little left to communicate but receiving in the interim a ltr [letter] from C.J.T. with reference to the G[?] ages due to P.F.L. I have enclosed a letter to him on the subject and would be glad if you would do the needful for me. As mentioned in my recent letter I last year remitted You the sum of Ninety pounds in Bills of Exchange - which, I trust have been received. There can of course be no doubt of its safety beyond delay. Yet one very naturally feels somewhat anxious after some little time has elapsed to know if all is right - Am looking forward to and hoping every mail will bring the wished for notice - In the before mentioned amount was included I believe sufficient to cover the [word crossed out] arrears of quanterages. I see you have given up the Sea suppose there are many changes amongst the members during
the period since my departure. Yes of course still
continue on the Books. I have never since had an opportunity of renewing my request with the subject by attending or joining any Lodge in this Colony - Masonry is I believe gaining in Melbourne. By the by, I last post received a cover addressed to me "Assistant Surveyor Melb". enclosing a Bill of Lading of a package shipped on board the 'Blue Jacket' at Liverpool, but unaccompanied by any instruction or advice - Being so far removed the Vessel of course must have arrived before the letter reached me. I however immediately sent it off to an Agent to look after the matter and so it rests at present, trust it is safe.
We are now tasting the pleasures of Winter.
The weather has of late been most stormy and wet. The wind the other night ripped one of the Tents from end to end, it was not withstanding somewhat ludicrous to see the unfortunate inhabitants searching about with [indecipherable] in the gale trying to secure his articles of attire,etc [?] while securing one then or four more would make a bolt. I sometimes think how horrified one from home would be if suddenly transported into situations in which I am often placed. Take for instance the present surrounded in every direction (and in some an unlimited distance) by immense ridges gullies etc densely covered with
scrub and timber etc. Set upon the summit of the
of the highest eminence within a [circuit?] miles and look around nothing meets the eye but Range upon Range of huge ridges and