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2-270 (Text)

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Speaker:
author,female,Selby, Penelope,un addressee,female
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Letter
Word Count :
280
Plaint Text :
ns1:register
Private Written
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Private Correspondence
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http://dbpedia.org/resource/Victoria
Created:
1843
Identifier
2-270
Source
Frost, 1984
pages
165-166
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Extent:
1429
Identifier
2-270-plain.txt
Title
2-270#Text
Type
Text

2-270-plain.txt — 1 KB

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Yarra River
3rd February 1843 
My very dear Sisters, It is long since I wrote to you but having nothing either new or pleasant to communicate has made me lazy. I fancy I hear you say 'I wish Pen would tell us something about the country,' - Alas, I can say little good of it, for just now it is looking very barren, the grass is all either burnt with the sun or the fires and we are anxiously looking for rain. I have had Captain and Mrs Howey with their daughter staying with me the last week, and as it always happens in this country, George's horses - that is, his mare, my mare and a foal - most mysteriously disappeared out of the paddock the day before their arrival, and he has not found them yet, so that the whole of his time has been taken up seeking them and we ladies could not have any rides, but it is always the case here if you want to do anything or go anywhere. Either the horses or cows cannot be found, and you are obliged to stay at home. The most provoking part of this business is that George has been at great expense enclosing a paddock for these beasts and thought himself so secure and we had them at the door late the night before we lost them.
Everybody in the very worthy town of Melbourne either has or is likely to fail, and the distress they say is very great. The settlers too are nearly as badly off. As a specimen, one settler has a fine run and about 400 head of first rate cattle.  

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