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Saturday 5 May !
Sunday 6 May !
Monday 7. May !
Passing over Antill Ponds, Salt Pan Plains, Blackman's River, Mount Henrietta, Macquarie River, arrived in Argyle Plains, and Halted for the Night at the Government Stock-Yard, distance from Wright's 16 miles.
Tuesday 8th. May.
Wednesday 9 May.
Thursday 10 May !!!
We afterwards prosecuted our Journey thro' Breadalbane Plains, and on the Road about 3 miles from Town we were met by Lt. Colonel Cimitiere the Commandant of Port Dalrymple, accompanied by all the Civil officers, and respectable Inhabitants of that Settlement, to congratulate us on our arrival in it. — They all proceeded with us, on Horseback to Launceston where we arrived a little before 4,O'Clock in the afternoon; distance from Mr. Gibson's farm being only 13 miles. —
I took up my Quarters at the Commandant's House which had been prepared for our accommodation; the Gentlemen who attended us having taken their leave of us at the Entrance into the Government Grounds.
Lt. Govr. Sorell, and the Gentlemen [of] our respective Suites having been provided with Quarters in the Town. — I forgot to mention that the Detachment of the 48th. Regt. now doing duty at Launceston, and commanded by Capt. Parry in Person, were drawn up to receive [us] on the Road leading to the Government Grounds. —
In the Evening the whole of the Houses in Town, and the Colonial Vessels in the River (4 in number) were all very prettily illuminated in honor of our arrival at Launceston.
Lieut. Col: Cimitiere and Capt. Parry dined with us today besides our own Party.
Friday 11. May.
Lieut. [sic] Cimitiere, Capt. Parry, the Revd. Mr. Youl Chaplain, Mr. Archer Commissary, and Mr. Barclay J. P. dined with us today. — The Lt. Governor was not able to make one of our Party. —
Saturday 12. May !
Capt. Parry, Ensn. White, Mr. Archer & Mr. Jas. Cox Magistrates, dined with us today.
Sunday 13. May !
Mr. & Mrs. Archer, Capt. Parry and Ensn. White dined with us today. —
Monday 14. May 1821 !
Mr. & Mrs. Simpson, Miss Saunderson, Mr. & Mrs. Dry, Capt. Parry & Ensn. White dined with us today. —
I called on the Lt. Govr. and received several visitors in the course of this forenoon.
I sent off Joseph with the Carriage & Horses about 12,O'Clock to the first stage on the Road to George-Town 9 miles from Launceston – namely Fitzgerald's Farm – there to wait our coming; intending to proceed thither tomorrow morning by water for George-Town. —
Tuesday 15. May !
We halted to take some little refreshment about two thirds of the way, on the Left Bank of the River, and landed for Half an Hour at a Place which I named "Lachlan's Resting Place", close to Marianne Crek, [sic] and thence prosecuted our Voyage. Lachlan behaved like an old Traveller – never once uttering a complaint the whole way. —
We did not reach George-Town till 8,O'Clock at Night – being nearly Ten Hours on the Water and the distance being 40 miles, with the Wind the whole time against us – and also the Tide for the last two Hours. — On our reaching the Wharf we found Lt. Col: Cimitiere the Commandant waiting there to receive us with Military Honors; the whole of the Troops, free Inhabitants, and Convicts, being drawn up close to the Wharf in honor of our arrival; a Salute from the Battery being fired at the moment of our landing – the Troops Saluting at the same time, and the Convicts cheering.
On reaching the Commandant's House, we were most kindly and Hospitably received by him and Mrs. Cimitiere; and very soon afterwards sat down to a most comfortable and plentiful Dinner – at which we were joined by Doctr. Redfern and Mr. Evans Dy. Surveyor Genl. We took up our Quarters at the Commandant's House and retired to Bed at an early Hour. —
Wednesday 16. May !
Thursday 17. May 1821.
From Low-Head, we took a ride in a North Easterly direction to look out for good Land fit for Tillage & Pasturage, and found a beautiful rich Valley 2½ miles [long] & 300 yards broad within 4 miles of George-Town fit to contain 18 Settlers at 30 acres each – and excellent Land well-watered. —I named this beautiful Tract of Land "Cimitiere Valley". — We returned Home by a longer and more circuitous Route to George Town, and afterwards we paid a visit, before Dinner, to Capt. Townson at his Farm on the other side of the River opposite to George-Town, a very pretty situation – and whither the Ladies had gone to visit in our absence; Lachlan being their only Beau! —He also accompanied us thither. —The Tamar here is a mile & a quarter Broad. —We returned Home to Dinner.
Saturday 19. May 1821 !
We accordingly took an early Breakfast, and bidding adieu to our kind Hostess Mrs. Cimitiere, we set forward on our respective Journies; [sic] Mrs. M. & Lachlan having embarked & set out by Water with Lt. Col: Cimitiere at Nine O'Clock, and me accompanied by Dr. Redfern, Mr. Evans, and Denning (my Orderly Dragoon) on Horseback, by Land, at the same Hour. — It was a very boisterous disagreeable morning and threatened Rain; but the Wind and Tide being both fair, the Barge was likely to have a short Passage to Launceston, and therefore I felt perfectly easy on the score of Mrs. M. and Lachlan getting safe thither.
As to us proceeding by Land, we hoped to get thither nearly as soon as the Boat – and before it was dark; but the sequel proved the fallacy of our calculations. — Anxious to ascertain the accuracy of the report of there being an extensive Tract of Good Land at the upper end of the "Eastern Arm" of the River Tamar, I had resolved on touching there on my [way] to Launceston, as it was only about 5 miles off the Road, and with this view had appointed Mr. Hubbard the Boat Builder and Mr. Moulds the Supdt. of Carpenters at George-Town (who were well acquainted with the Ground), to meet us on the Road to conduct us to the Eastern Arm. — They accordingly met us on the Road 12 miles from George-Town, and conducted us to the Head of the Eastern Arm through a very broken rugged Forest Country, and so rocky as hardly to be practicable for a Horse. — We got to the Eastern Arm, however, in about two Hours, and there found very fine Forest Land – but rather too hilly for Cultivation –; but were assured by our Guides that about 3 miles further on there was a large Plain of Ten Mile in length running along the River, of very good & useful land fit for any purpose. — We had every reason to believe this report from the appearance of the Land we were now on – but the day was too far advanced to enable us to visit this new Tract, and therefore we determined on retracing our steps back again to the Main Road. — With this view we took a man with us for a Guide, who pretended to know the way through the Bush better than either Hubbard or Moulds, both of whom we left at the Eastern Arm to return Home to George-Town by Water, they having a Boat at the former.
At ¼ before 2. P.M. we set out with our new Guide to trace our way to the Road; but he led us by such a rough, intricate, circuitous Route & so full of rocks & underwood that it took us 2½ Hours to gain the Road, which we did not do till a quarter past 4,O'Clock. — About an Hour after we left the Eastern Arm, we all of [a] sudden missed Denning the Dragoon – which induced us to halt for several minutes to Halloo to him – but not making his appearance we were obliged to proceed on without him concluding he would naturally follow the Track of our Horses. In this however we were disappointed as we reached the Road without seeing him; but directed the Guide on his way back to George-Town to look out for him, and bring him to the Road. — Soon after our leaving the Eastern Arm, we had a thunder storm, with a very heavy fall of Rain – which continued the remainder of the Day and Night. — We proceeded on with all the speed we could after gaining the Main Road, but it was quite dark before we reached Fitzgerald's Farm, where however we did not halt above 2 or 3 minutes – as it was a heavy pour of Rain and I was anxious to get on as quick as possible to Launceston. We learned at Fitzgeralds that Mrs. M. and Lachn., with Colonel Cimitiere, had called and staid there for 2 Hours, in hopes of our arrival – and had then prosecuted their Voyage, after taking some refreshment, and we had reason to hope they would reach Launceston with Day-light. — I was greatly concerned to find that Denning was still behind, as he had not made his appearance at Fitzgerald's, and the Night being excessively dark and boisterous. — We got very well on for the first two Hours after leaving Fitzgerald's Farm, being only able to walk our Horses from the roughness of the Road and the extreme darkness of the Night. — The Rain at this time fell in Torrents, accompanied with a great deal of thunder and vivid Lightning. — We were all drenched to the Skin, cold, and uncomfortable – not having tasted anything since Breakfasting at George-Town. — In this state of things we lost our Road – and knew not which way to move. We wandered about in various directions for about an Hour, and at length by great good fortune Dr. Redfern's mare found the Road by his throwing the Bridle on her Neck – and allowing her to go her own way.
Having once more recovered the Road, we moved on very slowly and cautiously for fear of losing it again, Mr. Evans leading the way as our Guide.
We reached Launceston at 9,O'Clock at Night, very much fatigued, after being 12 Hours on Horse-back; and on our arrival at Govt. House we found Mrs. M. and all our friends impatiently waiting for us – and consequently all rejoiced to see us after our hard day's fatigues.
Mrs. M. & Lachn., with their good friend Lt. Col: Cimitiere, had arrived about ½ past 4,O'Clock, all well, after their boisterous – but speedy Voyage. —I took some warm Tea, bathed my feet, and went immediately to Bed; feeling myself more fatigued and exhausted than I had ever been before in the whole course of my life. —
Sunday 20. May !
No Tidings yet of poor Denning my Orderly Dragoon – which gives me great uneasiness for his safety. — I hired a Guide this Evening to go in quest of him. —
Monday 21. May !
Major & Mrs. Macleod arrived from Launceston and joined our Family Party here. —
This Day I signed the Warrants for the execution of Nine
Criminals tried at the last Criminal Court held lately at
Launceston for various Felonies Vizt.
The Judge Advocate returned this afternoon from George-Town, accompanied by Lieut. Kenworthy. Mr. Beaumont Provost Marshal, Surgeon Priest, & Mr. Fryett arrived this day from Hobart Town. —
Monday 28. May !
I rode on Horseback, accompanied by the Judge Advocate and other Gentlemen of my Suite.
We reached the South Esk River a little before Dark, which being too full to be forded, we crossed in Mr. Gibson's Boat immediately under his House, where we took up our Quarters for the Night. — It was too late to ferry over all our Baggage this night – and it and the Carriage and Horses had to remain on the North side of the River till morning. —Mrs. M. & Lachlan had got safely across the River and arrived at Gibson's before I came up to join them. —
Mr. Gibson attended at the Ferry, with his People to convey us and part of our Baggage across, and was most civil and useful in rendering us every assistance in his power.
We had a good Dinner of Beef Steakes, [sic] & went early to Bed. The Road from Launceston is very bad.
Tuesday 29. May 1821.
We also went to the confluence of the Lake River and South Esk 3 miles from Mr. Archer's Farm. — We took Lunch at Mr. Archer's, and returned Home to Dinner after a most beautiful and interesting Ride through a very rich Tract of Country, & seeing Norfolk Plains on the opposite side of the Lake and South Esk-Rivers. —
We all took a ride this forenoon to look at the New Punt now building for crossing the Esk, about 3 miles lower down the River than Gibson's. I fixed on the Place for the Public Ferry – and also on the Site of a Township for this part of the Country adjoining the Ferry on a very rich Point of Land – which I have named "Perth"; Mr. Gibson who is a native of that Town having promised to build a good Inn there directly. —Perth is only 14 miles from Launceston – and within three miles of Norfolk Plains. —
Thursday 31. May 1821 !