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Irvine, 1992
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[...] will save them so much unhappiness, Miss Black and De Mestro were married a few days ago. they are now well paird. both being of the Pygmy race, but are, to use a common expression `little and good.' He is in my opinion one of the most worthy little fellows in the Colony, Her amicable disposition is well known.
Two other marriages are to take place tomorrow at Parramatta which have causd. a great deal of Interest throughout the whole Colony, You would be a long time in guessing who the Parties are if I did not choose to tell you that they are two Pair of our Sable Countrymen and Women, the latter brought up and civilised by the Native Institutions, the former lately breeched for the occasion. Farm with Farming Utensils &c is given them for the purpose of commencing the Business on a large scale. They have my sincere wishes for their welfare and Prosperity. But still think a Man possessed even of my small share of foresight if asked His opinion on it might safely answer, It is all a Bottle of smoke. They certainly are the most degenerate Mortals in the universe between them and the Brute Creation there scarcely is a Step. in my opinion their Ideas will never attain to more than the knowledge of a good Belly full. your old Shipmate Miss Browne married to Brown of the Mary shortly before He left for India. Died of a short time back in Child Birth. I saw her the evening before in perfect health and spirits early next morning she was Dead, the uncertainty of Human Life never before made so great an impression on my mind by [sic] am not yet sufficiently methodised to expatiate on the awful visitation of God.. If this was from Geo. Allen this Subject would see the end of at least two or three Sheets having become almost a Rank Methodist. Three of four of the Government vessels are going off tomorrow for the New Settlement laden with Prisoners and Soldiers under the command of Captn. Allemond of the 48th Regt. I believe they intend cultivating the Sugar Cane as the Climate is supposed to be very favourable for it. [54] 
Whyte and his wife saild three Days ago for Port Dalrymple, they intend I believe sealing there, He, I suppose join Messrs. Montgaux Whyte Read & Co.
You may tell Rebecca not to expect Her Bonnetts by the Speeds, having heard Mrs. Foster making frivolous excuses for not having them done, when they sent about them, and also say, as She had no sent up a Box for them, she would not do them. I mention with the view that the great disappointment if they do not come, may not be to sudden as probably it might affect her fine flow of Spirits. besides I wish to show her how ready and willing her sincere friend Mrs. Foster is to oblige her on all occasions.
Your old Friend Grimes arrivd. here a short time back from a most unsuccessful Sealing Voyage having procured but 800 and lost his Chief Officer and six Other of his men. He saild. again three day ago for England by way of Otehete freighted by Marsden, He desired me to be sure and remember him to you. You say in one of your letters, you enclosd. some certificates you must afterwards have changed your mind as I did not receive them. with regard to the money you owe me, not being in immediate want of it, I think I had better lay it out at interest until Mother arrives. Hamilton & hughes return to England by the Shipley. they absolutely detest this place, but are extravagant in their praise of Hobart Town. they were not noticed here as much as they expected, Hamilton I believe writes to, you by their vessel
You will receive a visit shortly from the commander in chief by the Midas, / Mrs Lang (alias Mrs Underwood) and Dick go down also by Her for the purpose of trading and buying up Wheat in exchange - by the way do not forget the Hint I have given you touching the Wheat - a few thousands in a short time will pay well. The Gazettes from 13th of January up to the 10th inst. accompany this / I have written almost enough this time, therefore conclude with love to Rebecca, and am my dear Brother James
your very loving and affectionate Brother Geo Reibey Sydney