'Forest Creek Diggings'

Monday January 24th 1853

Letter No 5

1 from Downs
2    "     Madura
3    "     Hobson's Bay P. Phillip
4    "     Tent Grounds Melbourne

My Dear Father & Mother

My last letter was posted just previous to our leaving Melb for the Diggings. We should have started on the Tuesday but the Carter deceived us. We had struck our tent & Rob. & myself were seated very disconsolately upon our property almost all day. Knights was trying to find the fellow uo towards the evening the sky suddenly became very black & threatening. So we hastily made as good a tent as we could with our laid property & a tarpaulin & trenched it. just as we were complete  

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