|Colonial Secretary Correspondence
Reel 6042;9/2736,pp.44-6, 30 January, 1810
Copy of a letter
William Lawson giving a report for the
settlement of Newcastle re stores cargoes rations and
Newcastle 30 January 1810
I have the honor
to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 23rd with enclosed
you will receive for the information of His Excellency two bills of
lading ship on board the sloop Sally and Speedwell for Sydney. I am
happy the Governor sent the prisoners back for the public business
at this Settlement was at an end.
I have received from a
board the Speedwell, William Johnston Master, 118 bags of wheat contg 19373 lbs deficient 2 bags - 328lbs
for which I have enclosed a receipt for stores received from on
board the Sally, James Brown Master, deficient one Gallon of Oil
Agreeable to His Excellency's Command
Lawrence Davoran returns to Head Quarters by
the Speedwell transported at Sydney 1806 for 14 years and sent to
this Settlement by Gov. Bligh - permitted to return to Sydney by
Major Johnstone sent back again by him for improper behaviour.
I beg you will acquaint the govn the 10
logs of Wood shall be forwarded immediately - it is not to be got
nearer than 60 miles from the Settlement it is very heavy wood and
must be fletched on the spot, it shall be ready by the 8th of next
I have 1200 baskets of lime ready for the use of the
public works at Sydney. The whole of the men go up the river this
day to procure a quantity.
Samuel Hogg and William Johnstone runaways from
the settlement not having arrived at Sydney, I have dispatched two
soldiers - I hope they will intercept them. I hope His Excellency
will see the necessity of punishing and sending all runaways. It
will save the officer in Command a Great deal of trouble.
have enclosed for the Governors information on return of Sheep and
Horned cattle at this settlement belonging to government also a
return of Public Labour. A monthly statement and a demand for stores
for the use of the Settlement. I shall be glad to have the Stores
sent down by the first opportunity - the rope is much wanted for
rafting down cedar to the settlement.
received no orders respecting the Ration at this place, I have
directed the Store Keeper to issue the following ration - wheat -
having no sugar 7" beef of 4" port - I also attend The Hours of
labour agreeable to Government business at Sydney. From Daylight
till 8 o'clock and from 9 o'clock till 3 in the afternoon.
Thomas Crump boat builder and
Brady overseer and clerk of the Settlement have both
received their emancipations from Lt. Govt. Paterson and have
applied to me to allow them to return to Sydney. I have detained
them until I have received the Govt. Orders for their liberation,
they have been upwards of 5 years in this settlement and very useful
men to Govt. Also John Jones's term of transportation expired the
12th inst. came in the
Coromandel the second - tried at the old
To J.T. Campbell Esq. secretary to His Excellency.
Signed W. Lawson
Lieutenant Lawson remained
Commandant at Newcastle until February 1810 when Lieutenant John
Purcell of the 73rd regiment was appointed to the position.
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