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Frank Leward: Memorials

Same to the same

Same to the same.

Hobart Town March 1839.

My dear Mother I got your letter the other day. Im awfully sorry you were so cut up about my going I thought you would be. I shall be glad to see you again when I get back though I like this place awfully. I met the Governor again the other day in the street and he said I must go up and see him so I went and he page 48made me stop to lunch an awfully swell lunch. I like Lady Franklin awfully shes the jolliest lady I ever met and what you think she says shes almost sure she met you at Bath once I told her all about you and she said she was sure she remembered you a long time ago. The Governor was awfully pleased and said I must stop there and I told her all about our running away and your letter and she said it was very wrong of us. Hes a splendid old fellow knows everything and been everywhere a regular sailor of the right sort. She told me all about Greece where theyve been and seemed astonished when I said I had read Homer and knew Greek. Im going to stay there soon.

I met a jolly old fellow there who lives somewhere in the country and told a lot of yarns about the bush rangers how they came and stuck him up one day just when he was going to have a dinner party and as each gentleman came to the dinner party they stuck them up too and put them all with their faces to the wall while the bush rangers eat the dinner and one of them kept watch over the gentlemen with a gun ready to shoot anyone who looked round and then took everything they could lay their hands on in the house. The chief bush ranger was caught afterwards and shot in a cave he wouldnt give in. The old gentleman asked me to go to stay with him and Sir John said he would lend me a horse I asked if Jones might come too and they said yes so were going next week

Your affectionate son