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1-022 (Text)

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Speaker:
author,female,Convict Woman,un addressee,family
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Letter
Word Count :
295
Plaint Text :
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Private Written
ns1:texttype
Private Correspondence
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http://dbpedia.org/resource/New_South_Wales
Created:
1790
Identifier
1-022
Source
Clarke, 1992
pages
5-6
Document metadata
Extent:
1566
Identifier
1-022-plain.txt
Title
1-022#Text
Type
Text

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We arrived here safe after a long voyage, in very good health, thanks to our good agent, on board, and the gentleman in England who sent us out, as we had everything that we could expect from them, and all our provisions were good. We landed here 223 women and twelve children; only three women died, and one child. Five or six were born on board the ship; they had great care taken of them, and baby linnen and every necessary fro them were ready made to be out on.
The greatest part of the women were immediately sent to Norfolk Island, a place about 100 miles from here, but very bad for shipping; there is no place to land but in fine weather. The Sirius, man-of-war, was lost at this place about six or seven months ago, when she carried some men and women from here. She landed them all safe, but lost almost all their provisions.
This place was in a very starving condition, before we arrived, and on allowance of only 2lb. of flour and 2lb. of pork for each man for a week, and these were almost starved, and could not work but three hours in the day; they had no heart, and the ground won't grow anything, only in spots here and there. There is a place called Rose Hill, about twenty miles from this, where, they say, there are four cornfields, but it does not grow much wheat; we are now much in want of almost everything; we have hardly any cloaths; but since the Scarborough, Neptune, and Surprize arrived we have had a blanket and a rug given us, and we hope to have some cloaths, as the Justinian, a ship that came from London with provisions, 

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