A First Fleet Family: A Hitherto Unpublished Narrative of Certain Remarkable Adventures Compiled from the Papers of Sergeant William Dew of the Marines

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T.F. Unwin, 1896 - Australia - 271 pages
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Page iii - A FIRST FLEET FAMILY: BEING A HITHERTO UNPUBLISHED NARRATIVE OF CERTAIN REMARKABLE ADVENTURES COMPILED FROM THE PAPERS OF SERGEANT WILLIAM DEW, OF THE MARINES BT LOUIS BECKE and WALTER JEFFERY Second Edition.
Page 258 - The female convict who made her escape from Botany Bay, and suffered the greatest hardships during a voyage of three thousand leagues, and who was afterwards retaken and condemned to death, has been pardoned, and released from Newgate. In the story of this woman there is something extremely singular. A gentleman of high rank in the Army visited her in Newgate, heard the detail of her life, and for that time departed. The next day he returned...
Page 255 - Botany Bay, yet I am willing to go back again on proper terms, as I am very certain I can be of very great service to the island in what I profess ; and if your Honour should think me worthy of the situation I am willing to place myself in, I will be bound to perform everything I undertake, or expect nothing for my trouble. I should be humbly thankful to your Honour if you would condescend to indulge me with an answer, that I may know what I am to expect; you will give great ease to the anxious mind...
Page 254 - May it please your Honour, . It ill becomes a person in the low sphere I move in to adButcher, dress a person of your exalted character, nor should I have presumed to have taken that liberty but for the following reason...
Page 255 - ... owing to the different sorts of land in the island, which they are entirely ignorant of; and I flatter myself, from what I have seen of the island, that I could render it a great deal more productive, and, in a few years, could save the Government a great expense in provisions for the colony. "Although I have suffered a great deal in going and coming from Botany Bay, yet I am willing to go back again on proper terms...
Page 159 - ... the Lieutenant-Governor, passed under the Union flag, taking off their hats as they passed it in token of an oath to submit and be amenable to the martial law which had then been declared.
Page 255 - ... been tried and found not to answer the expectations formed of them : — Two sorts of English wheat ; barley, rye, and beans, one sort ; grass is a good production, as likewise Indian corn ; and some of the land will produce tobacco and all sorts of garden stuff with proper instructions. Tilling the But according to the manner in which they till the ground at present they will bring nothing to perfection, owing to the different sorts of land in the island which they are entirely ignorant of ;...

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