Title: Octavius Hadfield

Author: Barbara Macmorran

Publication details: 1969, Wellington

Digital publication kindly authorised by: G. H. Macmorran

Part of: New Zealand Texts Collection

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Octavius Hadfield

[extract from the diary of Octavius Hadfield]

Dec. 7th . . . Very unwell all day. Took more laudanum and a little rhubarb (the only medicine I have with me), remained in bed all day. Somewhat annoyed by the ignorant curiosity of the natives. Captain Mayhew and Brown came to see me. The wind blew so hard in the night that I was obliged to go out and fasten my tent, was in fear lest it should be carried away. Have nothing to eat but boiled flour, biscuit and water, nevertheless feel thankful and satisfied.