Diary of John and Georgiana Molloy: 1 July 1837 - 21 February 1840

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December 1838 Friday 21st NW. Oppressively hot Native fires on opposite side. In afternoon Welsh bound up Barley & gathered Peas. O Saturday 22nd NW. More moderate. Welsh & Campbell had boat up River then Bryan & Salkild O Sunday 23rd Dull & Showery Read service O Monday 24th SW. Dull & tending to Rain Trimming Melons preparations for Xmas O The Native took 1 wt Potatoes from Mr Herring Tuesday 25th SE Xmas Day Just as we were going to service my excellent husband arrived and brought letters from Mamma and dear Mary/see Diary also the news of the arrival of the Britomart. O Wednesday 26th S.E Moderate Wr. Cattle at home all day - Thursday 27. N.W. Moderate Wr Empd in the Garden Friday 28th. S.E. Fresh breezes & Clear Wr - Saturday 29. Light airs & Sultry Wr. overlooking the Vines. Sunday 30. Moderate Wr - read Service en famille. [French for 'in family'] Monday 31. SE. Strong breezes & Clear Wr - 1839 Tuesday 1 Jany SE. Strong Gales & Cloudy Wr. about 4 oClock hailed from the opposite shore launched the Dingy & found Mr Geo Elliott & servants who had been out 17 days from the William River intending to make port Leschenault they steered a course from the William River to SSW. which brought them near Cape Beaufort. They coasted it from thence to this place. they did not appear much exhausted altho they had had nothing but the black boy tops to subsist on for the last fortnight. Mr. Elliot left his mare on the other shore as she was too weak & fatigued to swim the River, he also lost a small terrier dog about 10 Miles off. [Page 50]