Description: WRITTEN FROM THE FIRST EUROPEAN SETTLEMENT IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY, ON MELVILLE ISLAND, "...Picture to yourself about one hundred and fifty men, four women, and four children, three of which are not yet six months old, set down in an immense forest hundreds of miles from any European settlement, exposed to the elements, in a Tropical climate which at best in spite of every defence human wisdom can suggest is most destructive to health and life: exposed to the fury of savage natives; more ferocious, and sanguinary than the beasts of the desert: without a house, without the meanest shelter until they have first reared it by their own hands; and you will then be able to form some idea of what we must necessarily encounter...", 4 pages, large 8vo, "Melville Island Lat 11⁰ 12' South Long: 132⁰ 12' East", 10 April 1827, integral address panel, postal markings including boxed "Falmouth | Ship letter" in red ink, transit date stamp of 31 December 1827, rated "2/5", redirected from Ashford to Dover in Kent, remains of red wax seal impression,
seal tear, splitting at fold with damage to two or three words
Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate.
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