John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 268
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Thinking it might prove interesting I have written down and enclosed a few native words and names too. I have picked up at diff.t [different] times [?] generally speaking the language is soft & musical - The words do not all belong to the same tribe and there is of course as much diff.ce [difference] amongst them as between [indecipherable]. It is a very common error amongst us to talk broken Eng. [English] to all who speak another tongue - That is the case with the natives of this country, who not being over bright The result has been the most [?] mixture you can imagine -
I am very much afraid you must think me most negligent to [indecipherable] not having received a letter for a very long period - To my great annoyance I had one if not two of my letters went astray or rather were never posted at all - it [?] for some time past been located in a very out of the way portion of the District
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You see by ref.e [reference] to the Map that I have become a landed "Properietor" [proprietor]