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Letters from an Exile at Botany Bay (1794) Thomas Watling (b. 1762)
Letters from an Exile at Botany Bay, to his Aunt in Dumfries Giving a Particular Account of the Settlement of New South Wales, with the Customs and Manners of the Inhabitants. Watling, Thomas (b.1762) First Published: 1794
THE PUBLISHER OF THE ENSUING PRODUCTION, SENDS IT INTO THE WORLD FOR THE TWO FOLLOWING REASONS. First; he hopes it may contribute a little to the relief of an old, infirm, and friendless woman, to whom it is addressed. And Secondly; he imagines, the account here given of a country so little nown, may be interesting to some, and amusing to all. With the original, which is now in his hands, he declines ta ing any liberty, but leaves the unfortunate exile to tell his story exactly in his own words, and how he acquits himself, the public must determine. The publisher has several letters from the same author still in his hands; and should these meet with a favourable reception, they are intended to be published, together with a life of the author on some future occasion. LETTERS, &c. [May 12 1793] Sydney-Cove, Port-Jac son, New-South-Wales, May 12th, 1793. MY EVER REVERED AUNT, Embracing the opportunity of a returning vessel, I would waft you, from this place, a second testimonial of my insuperable attachment and remembance. My first letter per the Atlantic, I hope you have received before; but should it be otherwise, after spea ing to the present state of my mind, I shall hastily recapitulate its principal contents. In my saddest hours, and God nows there are many of them, I have observed you are then most busy with my memory. Melancholy's sombre shadow louring over my soul, endears the fleeting moment by impelling me to write to you. Indeed, it is solely owing to this despondent state of mind, that ought I have produced for those last four years proceeds. When this gloom frowns dreadful over the vista of my being, I but too much indulge the dreary prospect--exploring the wide domain of adversity
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I will only say. when I deemed myself a favored denizen of heaven--breathing a few hours of inestimable liberty. as I am conscious your amiable. Indiaman landed me here. first intended me. doubtless. O my poor. my spirits are electrified. where Slavery wields her iron sceptre. most exquisitely felt--this sum-total of terrene felicity. and once more extend thy . Cape of Good Hope. Tuesday. that I had escaped at the Cape of Good-Hope. where I was betrayed by the mercenary Dutch. Here upon my bended nee. down to the present period. tender heart. I will procure a passage--and be happy. am again myself! to-day all nature seems renovated. should any other vessel here tend to Europe. affects. I am in a remote clime. Yet not to pass over all too rapid. Dec. and means to sail by Sunday next. dear. I hold it imprudent to commit to paper how I have obtained emancipation.--I tread in air.terminated only by the impending dar ness. I enjoy freedom!--I that but yesterday had the ignominious epithet convict adhibited to my name. The sun that has ben clouded for three years has regained his splendour. Most merciful good God. MY DEAREST AUNT. 1791. whence. neither is it my duty to harrow up your feelings by the attempt. than to give an additional stab to so valued a life --a life I have already. permit me to adore and render Thee the warmest gratulations for those numberless blessings conferred upon an unworthy sinner--particularly this last. dear aunt. and to shew how dear you were to me in my most prosperous state. after when. and where slaves are at this moment attending me--yet blessed be Divine Mercy. and my poor heart beats quic with redoubled fervor and emotion towards that peaceful little fire side which it has long sighed after and bled for. True. and the meads their verdure. that whatever flows from my pen. the Royal Admiral E. African-Coast. after seven months of imprisonment. in some degree. from the 28th of December. nor will I ever be master of sufficient language to give any semblance to these sensations I just now experience. Indeed I am very incapable to write more at present. that the ship Pitt lyes opposite my window. though innocently. will now hope every thing. To lead you through the labyrinth of all my sufferings. where the pur-blind jurisprudence of a Scottish tribunal. if possible.--It better becomes me to soothe those sorrows that vague report in the public prints has most li ely excited. [December 13 1791] Dated. 13th. or is laboured by my pencil. 'Tis the jubilee of creation. Recurring now to my former letter:--it informed that I had wrote you from Rio de Janeiro. is a thing utterly impossible.--hence it is. almost extinguished. and remanded to captivity. design to pardon all that cavil and innate murmuring I have so frequently emited against thy wise and just dispensations. Come then my long drooping and forlorn Hope. rejoice with me! my senses are all absorbed in the most pleasing delirium that ever was poured upon mortal. at least I will believe so. the tone of mind that possess me at the period of its production. 1791. ta e the subsequent specimen intended for you. Your loved Watling is at liberty! to say ought else is almost unnecessary.
with my dear and faithful C----. never again fly thy suppliant votary. and setting sun. I may now say. and very justly. never.fairy landscapes. having every appearance of fertility. So soon as I have discharged this letter. May that gracious Almighty. I believe. you must just accept of each wild idea as it presents itself. My glowing bosom can cheerfully heighten even thy most vivid colouring. and commence a slight.-The face of the country is deceitful. offer up to the Father of Mercies. and I could also say much more. It is needless to tell how soon the preceding became a most bitter contrast. and haste that happy moment that restores us together--when the returning prodigal shall throw himself at your feet--recount all his sorrows--and ever remain under the influence of your indulgent eye. no wise propitious for tropical vegetation. but it being only of the same melancholy tenor. never. it is in. what may I not reasonably infer?--French Bastile. on poor wretches. A few European culinary vegetables grow. Wales.--Still that country so famed for charity and liberality of sentiment I doubt not will persevere to continue it. could not centre more of horrors. thrice happy breast. and every good angel protect you. and yet paradoxical as it may appear. that my constitution has after all this. especially in summer. and if possible. that we would together.--O dread Jehovah! wherefore didst thou so tenderly affix the giddy height of fragile human felicity so directly over the tremendous abyss of blac est and deepest of misery?--surely but to render me the most wretched and unhappy of all man ind! Drop but one single tear over this rueful feature of my existence. The climate is an extremely sultry one. Best boon of indulgent heaven.--and every dawning day. It will be long before ever it can even support itself. contour of this novel country:--not however expecting connection. &c. and when re-transplanted dwindle unto nothing. from the vices and follies of this transitory faithless world. lead the residue of our days in obscurity. but the nauseous cup was poured out for me. and indulge thy most flattering phantoms. It is my wish. and vice versa. a sincere prayer for the most distinguished of benefactions toward us his most favoured of creatures. I am Dear Aunt. and I was born to drin it to the very dregs. I shall for the time wave egotism.--When I have seen so much wanton cruelty practised on board the English hul s. nor Spanish Inquisition. but never arrive to their pristine maturity. and display thy tinselled forms. * * * * * [December 13 1791 Continued: Account of the Colony] Britain.--forget it. Our longest day coincides exactly with your shortest. and tender monition. I shall fabricate schemes for a continuation of humble happiness. without the least colour of justice. but henceforth dwell unmolested in this unambitious. had sufficient strength to combat the repeated attac s of a smart fever. an idea of the sterility and miserable state of N. S. . still entertains. and yet productive of no one article in itself fit for the support of man ind.
of auzure distances would be a ind of phaenomena. and find engaging employment. along the margin of some nameless stream. In tne warmer season. and romantic ban s of a narrow arm of the sea.--arcadian shades. The principal traits of the country are extensive woods. where cooling zephyrs breathe every perfume. shield her helpless head." I exclaim. may be found at every step. The landscape painter may in vain see here for that beauty which arises from happy-opposed off-scapes. The elysian scenery of a Telemachus. so intolerable as almost to obstruct respiration. is in general dry. spread over a little-varied plain. the transitions of hot and cold are often surprisingly quic and contrasted without any discernable injury to the human system. they could not fail of deriving ample gratification in . present themselves at every winding to the ravished eye. emigrate here." My worthy friend. and shed abroad comfort and pious resignation in her agonized and solitary heart. may reasonably conclude.--"If in existence. the thunder very frequently rolls tremendous. this country need hardly give place to any other on earth. though he is unable to discover whence it proceeds:--nor can he perceive the animals from whence the sounds in the trees issue. The air. and large insects. nor can there be fitter haunts for his imagination. if I possibly can.--Overhead the most grotesque foliage yields a shade. reptiles. but all this. Should the curious Ornothologist. might much inspire the soul--all this I confess. as he will hear their discordant croa ing just by. they being most effectually hid among the leaves and branches. though therein he is mista en. The willing tear will often fall when I reflect upon your widowed and impotent condition. Perhaps nothing can surpass the circumambient windings. The Poet may there descry numberless beauties. whilst sympathetic glooms of twilight glimmering groves. fallen. I might avoid that sameness. and sometimes all around him. of the atmosphere. They cannot fail to surprise the stranger exceedingly. were the benefits in the least equal to the specious external.--the secret recesses for a Thomson's musidora. The vast number of green frogs. or shattered by lightning. without a doubt. I however confess. ma e an incessant noise and clamour. to the dryness and salubrity. among the grass and on the trees. and unacquainted with philantrophy. during the spring. H----. un nown to. that leads from this to Parramatta. Mangrove avenues. but though thus dry. entwined with nondescript flowers:--In short. and for my dearest C----. Bold rising hills. yet have I not experienced any harm therefrom. that were I to select and combine. another settlement about fourteen miles off. summer. and wildest nature lulled in sound repose. God of the widow & the orphan. dissimilar in tint and foliage. or the prying Botanist. owing. that these romantic scenes will much amuse my pencil. shall be considered of hereafter. notwithstanding. upright. Trees wreathing their old fantastic roots on high. whilst her modest heart pines in silence. when the next has made me shiver with cold. and fall. Fifteen months have been nown to elapse without a single shower. or classic bowers. I have felt one hour as intensely warm as if immediately under the line. "alas! indigence and pallid hunger most li ely guards her humble door. accompanied by a scorching wind.--whilst the surrounding horizon loo s one entire sheet of uninterrupted flame. Often amid these coveted solitudes do I wander by the silent moon.The flattering appearance of nature may be offered as the best apology for those mista en eulogisms lavished by a late eminent circumnavigator upon this place. and pray for the most loved of aunts. cumbent. Mr. and picturesque roc s.
acquaintance with iron tools. treachery. the greater part of which. are centuries behind some other savage nations. are extremely rude and ill formed. according to the calculation of our rigid dictators. and the latter. immolation it cannot be. but when we consider their non. are stri ingly their dar characteristics--their virtues are so far from conspicuous. and in my opinion the women more so than the men. and stained with dyes transparent and bralliant as the arch of heaven. our governors. Many of these savages are allowed. to such a pitch of refinement as is surprising. Their huts and canoes. many are tinged with hues that must baffle the happiest efforts of the pencil. and they are treated with the most singular tenderness. ferocity. stone hatchet. both as builders and sailors they manage with singular dexterity. but I thin it is the falsest species of it I have ever nown or heard of. at an early age.--This is one of their public ceremonies. of these. it is more surprising that they can use it at all. Birds. short buldgeon. shrubs. They burn and bury their dead. and they seem also in. as they have not apparently the smallest idea of a Deity. but they are so very unsteady and indolent.their favorite pursuits in this. That the inhabitants of N. but is there one spar of charity exhibited to poor wreches.--It being so ponderous as to sin immediately in water. who are at least denominated christians? No. fishing tac le. have carried philosophy. The people are in general very straight and firm. One thing I may adduce to their credit. The men and women. Here I cannot help ma ing what may appear rather an ill-natured remar . a freeman's ratio of provision for their idleness. and the hardness of their wood. flowers. been able to discern them. A canoe. as a to en of their fidelity. renders it entirely useless that way:--consequently no succedaneum here can be so easily moulded. the former. One great error in many of our voyagers. or barbarously afflicted with often little merited arbitrary punishment--this may be philosophy. and shield. it is true. but in this there is no criterion of judging mental ability. is the giving pre-maturely a decided opinion of what falls within the circle of their observation. as yet. in point of useful nowledge. but we have a variety of fishes. They are bedec ed at times. preferring the originality of na ed nature. revenge. that they are not cannibals. I do not say religion. In imitation they are extremely apt. and plants. luxuriant museum. Wales. for they are all such. and is performed in the most bungling manner: but it is impossible to descend to particulars in the limits of a narrow letter. and a rude bas et formed of bar . but from what motive it is hard to conceive. what is termed. wooden sword. one of the upper fore-teeth. particularly in mimicry. Irascibility. may be fact. comprise the whole of . that I have not. with dress which they ma e away with the first opportunity. are dropped and spangled with gold and silver.--Quadrupeds are by no means various. spear. much less of religion. cunning. and immodesty. the first joint of the little finger of the left hand. many other respects to be capable of much improvement. but extremely ill featured. or so fit for the purposes of forming their little vessels as the bar --and this. they are frequently denied the common necessities of life! wrought to death under the oppressive heat of a burning sun. devote to their chieftain. filth. This you will suppose not more than laudable. S. that it would be almost next to a miracle to bring them to any degree of assiduity or perseverance.
or hatchets. To an European ear the articulation seems uncommonly wild and barbarous. I thin it is by no means copious. for if harmony be the foundation of the one. They are very quic eyed. or is not a beauty. dancing. for which they can assign no other reason than that of ornament. are necessitated to travel as the hedge-preachers in Britain. and the body strea ed over with red or white earth. I confess that I am not connoisseur enough to guess at them. . The natives are extremely fond of painting. with which I am but little acquainted. It pays no small compliment to poesy and painting. to further promulgate his composition. I would inform you of ere I finish my letter. Wyegong.their domestic or offensive implements. Benna-long. The hair smeared with gum. The same want of taste eeps them honest this way--but victuals. vanish with them in a twin ling. that they are affected by the most unenlightened as well as the most refined countries. One thing they have in common with more refined communities. unless it be their other favorite amusement. however. Many of them are tatowed over the arms. escorted him to some other bourne. very li ely. Their Poets neither having the advantage of writing or printing. As it is impossible for me to be so particular as I could with the barbarian New Hollander must give place to a few other remar s. the smallest idea of either. nives. love. or strea ing themselves in various forms with red or white earth. but rather confined to a few simple sounds. as yet. Johnson. It is but lately that an itinerant sable Ossian called this way. Cole-bree.. Glossaries have been attempted by some of our pretending and aspiring gentry.. a bone or straw stuc horizontally through the middle cartilege of the nose. to those national prejudices every man imbibes. and some of their utensils and weapons are curiously carved. and perhaps cannot entirely divest himself of. but whether this is. and often sit hours by me when at wor . It were presumption in me to spea of their language. and breast. and Robson. are as much ignorant of it as myself. these aborigines have not. bac . the first shell that occurs fully answering that purpose. and for ed as the porcupine. considering the materials they have to wor with. which is a similarity in the termination of their sir-names: Terribi-long. Several roc s round us have outre figures engraven in them. and grace of the other. S. and held forth to some hundreds of his countrymen. and dexterous in the stri ing of fish. Bye-gong. &c. or festivity. I may aver that nothing can be more disagreeable. Wales. in a very irregular manner. Their substitute for nives is ever at hand. they would prefer to the most tawdry birth-day suit whatever. owing. to extend their reputation. &c. which seems to have been done at an early period of life. but they are neither so athletic or nimble as might reasonably be expected in a savage race. who. either for war. completes the ton of dress of the inhabitants of N. I leave to the learned to determine. who after indly entreating. I am conscious. that mar s a clannish propinquity of indred. are full as stri ing as Thomson. Of their music. Whatever may be their merits in this department. or aiming of the spear. Nan-bree. Bedaubing.
mee ness. is composed of the common and attic orders. but the whole appearance of nature must be stri ing in the extreme to the adventurer. are objects entirely different from all that a Briton has been accustomed to see before. I may say. but as neither the wood. that it is my opinion. nor the ensuing century will see us able to subsist ourselves. called Toongabbe. constantly succeeding each other in quic and rapid succession. and the towering red gum in the vegetable. and is about 1/3 part as large as Dumfries. is the least of all. that might be of service. of clearing. The air. the rains.Returning then bac to general observations. Thunder. when we have them. To sum up natural reflection for the present:--though there are a variety of objects to exercise the imagination. The various Ban sias do not more appear to belong to one common family. but none of them. Many houses of the two former settlements. that not only these. should he visit us. an immense forest. much less to .. the easy.--In a word. and singular formation of the Kangaroo. is such an inversion in nature as is hitherto un nown. Sydney-Cove. and at first this will seem to him to be a country of enchantments. or torn with tempests. and of none at all to government. Lizards. that I thin it would be no hard matter for the discerning naturalist to at once distinguish them from those of every other country. are interspersed with roc s. in the summer very seldom overcast. and singing or catering in the night. ligneous and scarce penetrable to the hardest instrument. building. nor stone (lime there is none) are good for much. about four miles farther inland. to that of the Kangaroo. and that neither this. as said. It is impossible for a well-wisher to his country. falling in torrents. The s y clear and warm. from the savage native in the animal. the genuine British patriot could scarce refrain from dropping a tear upon a survey of such mista en policy. and Kangaroo-rat. To behold hundreds of hands laboriously misemployed. and commands the most exalted station. will be here filled with astonishment. and planting. with a pediment in front. is astonishing. that all that has been done is of little service to our support. from whence I write this letter. indeed. in loud contending peals. or any haze discernable in the azure. extended over a plain country. bric . by their peculiarity. that I have spo e of. The fruit and seed of the trees. & the clouds immediately dispersing. hoary with age. &c. the governor's excepted. assuredly deserves attention and reformation. than the Kangaroo. Guanoe. approaches or recedes by a very stri ing and singular gradation of proximity. nay. yet covered with venerable majestic trees. is the principal settlement. Eruscations and flashes of lightning. The land. for whatsoever interested men may advance to the contrary. are built with bric . not to breath a sigh. yet such a sameness runs through the whole of the animal and vegetable creation of New South Wales. is somewhat less. and not burthensome to their country. at this season of the year. and covered with tiles. the land. Parramatta. and supposing you to have heard something of the swiftness. or Rose-Hill. I humbly declare. & always within every two or three days. and the latest settlement. everything indigenous to this colony. Opposum. and find much entertainment from the various novel objects that every where present themselves. and most of the underwood. liberal mind. To see what has been done in the space of five or six years. the s y. have all of them something of resemblance to each other. The generality of the birds and the beasts sleeping by day. the maritime parts of which. of the Opposum. In short. exceed the height of one story. His Excellency's. happening often daily. it is simple and without any other embellishment whatever.
she may console herself with the comfortable prospect of rendering every one unhappy around her. as to ma e our infant colony qua e to the very centre. nothing is to be expected--and even this conduct. Henceforth. Be my merits what they may. As a late journalist is much anxious to insinuate the assiduity and virtue of governor P----. and no doubt but such there are. they are his bane. very often after all. who am also a prisoner. and the most laborious of employment. should attract the affection of one in office. Be this as it may. Its length does not exceed seven. if any girl of uncommon spirit. to encourage and advise them to behave more pliant in future. He must abide upon the colony and become the property of some haughty despot. be they most forward in embracing every opportunity that occurs for transportation. The high class first exhibit it. stoutly withstanding the royal mercy. are reserved to the decision of this tribunal. with the most abominable servility. to immediately damn him for ever in this life--for it would be burthened by cruelty. and after running the gauntlet there. for by her duplicity and simulation. supposing him one of the springs of our government. without any other emoluments than illiberal reflection. longitude 168° . Now for a contrast. the setting us a continent example. faithfully copy it. there is scarce a man without his mistress. Capital offences done in this island. and the low. Had such a scheme ta en place. and by so doing obtain their best wishes. They may rest assured. be certain of coming upon immediate eeping at their arrival. is a small roc y island in the sea. to do them justice. here she may depend that she will dress and live better and easier than ever she did in the prior part of her prostitution. I am sorry to say. and bravely preferring death to Botany-Bay. It lyes in latitude 29° . I have observed instances in the papers. or be lent about as an household utensil to his neighbours--there to exert these abilities. where the culprits are brought to undergo a form of trial. to have recommended to our betters.retaliate what has been lavished upon so very wild an adventure. 10. east. notwithstanding.--If a man's abilities are good. and it is about eight or ten days sail from Sydney. Norfol . meets with its just reward:--neglect and contempt. named King. and is governed by a deputy. that they will meet with every indulgence from the humane officers and sailors in the passage. as to banish every hope of generosity and urbanity from such as I am:--for unless we can flatter and cajole the vices and follies of superiors. I thin I may here remar the efficacy of his endeavours. she may so far agitate her cully. but instances of oppression. with a happy talent for dissention. hunger. are so glaring and frequent. and mean souled despotism. Nay more. that they have been pursued by a good deal of this malign fortune I now mention. for the least apparent murmuring would instantaneously be construed insolence. 3. but I would beg them to permit me. though he had faithfully served years. But be she ever so dispicable in person or in manners. though little I thin could reasonably have been expected from the coupling of whore and rogue together. of ladies of easy virtue. will. I thin that it would have been equally praise-worthy in his Excellency. in urging matrimonial connections. in lieu of which. south. and for . nor its breadth four miles. I will not say but justice in a criminal court may be administered impartially. and impede his emancipation. and forbidding illicit ones. possibly something good might have accrued. and could not fail.
. That it was stolen from the nightly repose of a poor being. or moulded into such a form.which I quote myself. who maugre every barrier. that it was neither executed under the shelter of acadmic bowers. and for which. that should they recoil here. And if any person can be found. Never did I find language so imperfect as at present. that I could wish either entirely suppressed. can be in the least conducive to the interest of my dear aunt. the blac desponding hour. to ascertain the truth of. she scorns ungenerous treatment. in come measure.--I but submit this hint. The performances are. after the revisal by an abler hand. sic ness. or any of these observations. in consequence. nor the latter yield me more than pensive melancholy reflection. the efforts of the artist. Possibly. I shall yet account myself not altogether cast away. J. nor letters to give so little satisfaction. W----. no fetters for the soul: collected in herself. M----. for those are placed infinitely above her reach. and shall ta e care to furnish her with materials by every opportunity. or a prostitution of her perfections. one or two years would return me bac with as correct an history. such as may be expected from genius in bondage. it is high time to turn to my aunt. therefore. S. or than my natal abode for. at the India-Board. who could but ill spare it.----. the publication of such a letter. in order to soften the demerits of this heterogeneous and deranged performance. they might savour so much of virulence. along with this. M----. or lowers of the mind. and soften my ill-fated condition. My employment is painting for J. and spea of my affection. Ely. without the smallest expectation of ever profiting by it. it would pain me to have my veracity even doubted of by those I am un nown to. that my youthful hopes and reputation are levelled in the dust. even for the power of writing. London. I could. still.. but coming from my pen. and indescribable sorrow. they may not create me cruel and invincible enemies. It can soothe. and perhaps to little purpose. Should all. esq. might accomplish it. but never let her presume to barter to interested men. esq. Though I have nothing to expect from. There however are reflections. E. J. accomplished the present. seem not quite original. Yet blessed be my God. B----. Place. and as faithful and finished a set of drawings of the picturesque. J. Having occupied so much of my paper. nor the patronage of the great. Let it suffice to Britain. dear parent. esq. B----. To ma e a proud comparison with a most celebrated literary character. No. than God. Wales.. J----. Whitehall. that I shall wave them. as has ever yet been received in England. any of these. or Sir J. esq. There are. the non-descript productions of the country. they may still prove entertaining from their simplicity and truth. as one instance. and who had to toil as a slave by day. and escape me to hold . and so little of candour. point out many practices equally obnoxious to honor or justice. for the former cannot shadow my feelings. and prohibited from such an attempt under the terror of rigid punishment--and yet. esq. to dec that of her unworthy governor. botanic. London. but in much indigence. St. fallen as I am. and that my old age will be unhoused and indigent. I may truly say. to a very mercenary sordid person. and you my dear. If. or animate curiosities of N. either jointly or severally. from no other motive than to inform his abilities subservient to her necessities. nor will she meanly pluc the laurel from her own brow. whose influence is so powerful as to extend here. I have the rewards hinted at in the preceding sentence. which I need not point out.
and my dear aunt as principal. D----. who I doubt not will remember me. and amiable spouse. but certain it is. and grant to two afflicted and weary wanderers. as they might possibly offend. . I shall not enumerate all my friends. will not forget one who wishes her but barely as fortunate as he is unhappy. O God. their intelligence is flat and insipid. is also still a great one. My old favourite Miss J. and my happiness your well-being. Your new bridge and theatre I have already heard of. and family. Woe-worn as I am. To two young women. yet than God. something to the following purport. Tell me whether or not she is single: she used ever to be a ind neighbour. B----. I leave the scheme for you to decide upon. and Mrs. B----. these are foremost in my memory. M----. here I would implore thee to speedily terminate to us both. and one I could cheerfully at any time in my better days. and to act as the better judgment of yourself and friends shall determine. for the most trivial will be entertaining and dear to me. When you write to me. it will be extremely painful. and find you in existence. and who called upon me to see whether I could promote a little cause for him with his commanding officer. have ta en as a lovely and awagreeable partner through life. in my last one to you. K----. but most pure and virtuous of sentiments. M----. long absence. for every one of my friends. Neither should Miss A. Heaven nows whether my wea heart could have stood equally faithful in prosperity. H----. if you can insert an advertisement in any public print.--If my present should reach Dumfries. disfavor the recollection of me. and P. Tender motives I will not urge. would be an acquisition superior to worldly fortune. the bitter tempest of time. S----. I can figure to myself the little assembled groupe. for a similar reason. but having crowded myself to this last page. M----. it may one day turn to advantage: as my sole motive is your interest. I have seen almost the whole of the London newspapers down to the last six months. I have still more that I do not specify. with the tear of unceasing sorrow stealing down her pallid chee . Possibly. I thin Miss K. and the pious Mrs. Tell him. and with so little hope of future comfort. my memory is not that treacherous as to forget favours though long since conferred. I begged hard for a letter from Mr. I would present both my love and respect. For these two young people. I cannot do more than just repeat their revered names. the annals of adversity does not inroll a name superior to that of poor Watling. if he should forget me. M.theless treasure for them both the most tender. especially Miss M----. who occupy a warm corner in this unfortunate heart. be so ind as inform me of every little incident in the place. I never. anxious for its perusal. but as they do not descend to occurrences done in that neighbourhood where my infant and happier years were passed. should I return without having where to lay my head. for grateful fidelity to generous well-wishers. a regard strengthened in proportion to my long. a happy meeting in the profound repose of thy beatific eternity! I find also. I hope he will indulge me with the state of himself. as at this remote distance. of D----.an imaginary correspondence with you. from a soldier who had wrought as a gardener with the M----. flattering myself they will not deem it disrespectful. Mr. my regard must be very superior to impure desire. but a letter from either.
THAT the subjects attempted. Port Jac son. I would also beg the permission of dedicating this intended wor to him. nigh &c. that my present condition is chiefly owing to the low revenge of a certain military character. are humbly requested to transmit their names (post paying) to Mrs. if not to be emancipated. and be submitted to the subscribers for engraving. now high in office. deny him any claim to merit. at least to procure for me the indulgence of prosecuting my plan. been received in Britain. in my name. as yet. and that tender being happily stolen from existence. K----. Here again I refer you to your better judgment. H----. that possibly may not be utterly destitute of genius. shall be partial and general views of Sydney. shall gratefully than his patrons for what they may thin him deserving for his labours. And now being upon the close of my letter--a letter that I am much anxious for its conveyance. and Toongabbe. nevertheless flatter himself. he would. Aqua-tinta. Parramatta. Though the fabricator. or native groupes. at E---. if possible. *** No emolument is expected until the paintings or drawings shall arrive in Britain. May 20th. when.ADDRESS Sydney-Cove. with due Deference. at the moment I write hastily these last lines. Could he prevail with alderman M'C----. confesses himself a prisoner. romantic groves. Those gentlemen inclined to encourage a wor attempted by an unfortunate being. curiosities in ornothology and botany shall be interwoven. it would probably revive my almost extinguished emulation. The sooner we . would not render that an insuperable barrier. M. with deep confusion. 1793. nor from so melancholy a circumstance. * * * * * Try to prevail with Mr. my poor heart undergoes the most ominous pangs--Yet alas! why should it? since only in immortality I now fix my anchor for peace and rest. THOMAS WATLING PRINCIPAL LIMNER IN NEW SOUTH WALES. that he rates his abilities equal to the tas proposed. to write a good letter. should they be found worthy the indulgence and protection of the really unbiassed friends of lowly distressed merit--The author. from Nature. that should it fall into the hands of strangers. New South Wales. and which I have every reason to hope will not be a despicable one. and that.P----. and flatters himself. M----. in the course of the wor . done faithfully upon the Spott. which I have already privately commenced. to intercede for me. The Execution of a PICTURESQUE DESCRIPTION of that COLONY In an highly-finished Set of Drawings. they would generously forward it to the person for whom it is addressed:--and that should it arrive in Dumfries. stating. that his performances shall be the most accurate and elegant that have. O! my dear aunt. in Mezzo. Extremely anxious to deserve better of his Country. to capt. or Water Colours. his most fervent prayers should be the retaliation. I would earnestly implore. He would modestly insinuate. that a philanthropic and liberal minded nation. under the Patronage of an impartial Public. proposes. that they would add to this obligation a single line of information to the writer. from the new world.
and directing it to the care of E. Meanwhile accept this tear. paying the inland postage. L----. Wales I need not say that I bless you.--What would I not give to stretch me but one half hour upon my aged grandmother's grave? or what. if not in time. for if possible we are both of us more than sure of either. at Sydney. WATLING. and retrospection and sorrow be wiped forever from your eyes. and heart-felt adieu. and that I am sure of your blessing in return. T. Remember we will meet. N. Pardon me. esq. No one commander of a vessel will refuse its carriage. surgeon. or mingle with your dust? Pardon such ideas! Oh me! aunt.. the sooner it is to be hoped will these painful perturbations cease. and impute it solely to the softening hand of ever dropping sorrow. I would than him or her for a letter. S. that this il-pensoroso gloom urges me to affect you. If there be a friend of mine that can yet recollect me. in eternity. which is all at present that is in the power of your unhappy but most affectionate nephew. I am wea ! hide this paragraph. THE END .meet in that state. to throw me at your revered feet. best of parents.
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