Losnr. 1475 - 227.-233. Auktion
1853: Entire letter from Port Phillip (Melbourne) sent registered to London rated 1/10d.' to pay on arrival, reverse with oval SHIP LETTER / MELBOURNE in red (Jan 1) and framed LIVERPOOL / SHIP arrival (April 2) in black and London cds in red. Somewhat soiled but an interesting letter with the writer sending a remittance to his father: "we have a pretty state society here, many of our characters' are a set of desperate fellows, chief part of them are old convicts out of their time, many escape from Van Diemen's Land which distance is about 4 favourable days sail from Port Phillip, they have no respect for life or property, the vagabonds are not contented with robbing the successful gold diggers on the country roads, but they must discharge a revolver, loaded with ball, through the thickest part of their victim's thigh, sometimes throiugh their hands against a tree. The bushrangers on the roads to the diggings, they go in gangs of 6 to 8 men all well armed with short rifle carbines, with their belts full pistols 'revolvers', all of them mounted on splendid running horses. Our horse Police in the bush find it a difficulkty to capture the wretches. ...". He goes on to discuss 'New Holland' and that the 'Swan River is 2'500 miles away and that if the hot weather continues the bush will catch fire. Rare and most unusual graphic account of life in the new continent.
Zuschlag : 280 CHF
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