John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 351
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is ? of him by any of the other residents.
We often have a civil growl, i am quite sure
? ushers me out of the way but at the same time
would wish me to remain for i believe he fully
appreciates my services as i am about the only one
of his subs he can send away on work that he would
otherwise have to go and do himself. The real fact
is i have to do assistant Engineer duty for overseers
pay then ? being up tp surveying and
having a thorough knowledge of the bush and the
District generally, why as he is deficient of these
matters. I have him at ? own price as all things ?
needed ? and this touches his dignity ?
? He will of course find the difference when
i leave for all the other subs are strangers and little
better than than copying clerks, for there is not one who
knows the right end of a ? Theodolite or
anything else. On this account i am always away at
some little ? ? and ? hunting.
Now this neighbourhood is a ? of the
? in which i use ? spend some portion of
my time ? is but a succession of Ranges Swamps
broken gullies without an acre of good or clear