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Frank Leward: Memorials

Frank to Mrs. Leward

page 74

Frank to Mrs. Leward.

London, Oct. 1840.

My dear Mother It is all settled and we start in two days in fact we shall have started before you get this. I did not write before because I was afraid you would come up to London. You know I hate saying good-bye. It was bad enough to say good-bye when it was not settled, but I think you hardly expected to see me again for a long time. I could not stand the life at home any longer it was becoming to hard to bear. I could see Papa did not care to have me there, and it is better for me to have to work hard and get on as well as I can than to be idling about the place at home. I like travelling and in new countries there is so much more freedom. I could never have settled down in a farm in England. The only thing that has kept me at page 75home so long is that I didnt like going away from you and you know better than I can say how much I dislike to give you any pain or trouble.

We have only joined this ship to go out in her. Jones is going 3rd mate, and I am 4th and we have a cabin to ourselves. He will stay in Van Diemens Land and I shall go on to New Zealand where there is a great opening. Cheer up dear old mother. I shall come back again some day rich and prosperous and always have a home for you and how glad I shall be to see you in it. Give my love to granny I hope she will be better soon and wont be angry with me for going and please remember me to Mabel.

Your affectionate son

Frank.

Write to me at Wellington New Zealand we shall only be a short time in Launceston.