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The Journal of Edward Ward 1850-51

Friday, March 14th

Friday, March 14th

Drizzly morning—turned out a fine day. Went over after breakfast in the Lass of Erin to Quail Island, taking a calf of Crawford's, some planks & a wheelbarrow. We landed at one of the sandy bays, and set out the site for excavations, &c., of the house, a little higher up the valley than we originally intended. Afterwards went to the Maori house at the west side, and there found a much better line of road for dragging things up the hill. We left the calf on the Island, and came back at top speed with the wind aft. In the evening a few members of the Council assembled at Jackson's house, where page 149he conversed a long time upon the position of the ecclesiastical department of the Colony which, if everything if true, is in a deplorable and alarming condition. Longden, Maunsell, Russell & self were the only members present—a very weary evening. Mr Godley came in this evening from the Plains, having been obliged to leave his horse at the ferry and walk in; the Heathcote bridges being carried away by the flood. He and Mrs Godley have been roughing it in earnest—again much wetted by their leaky roof.