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4-409 (Original)

Item metadata
Speaker:
addressee,female author,male,Twigg, James Hamilton,26
ns1:discourse_type
Letter
Word Count :
351
Plaint Text :
ns1:register
Private Written
ns1:texttype
Private Correspondence
ns1:localityName
http://dbpedia.org/resource/Western_Australia
Created:
1900
Identifier
4-409
Source
O'Farrell, 1984
pages
105-06
Document metadata
Extent:
1980
Identifier
4-409.txt
Title
4-409#Original
Type
Original

4-409.txt — 1 KB

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<source><g=m><o=i><age=26><status=3><abode=09><p=wau><r=prw><tt=pc><4-409>
I have borrowed £200 for which in accordance with rules I have to do £400 worth of work. As I put a good valuation on the work the half value obtained from the bank will pay me well and give a profit from each completed piece of work to carry on the next. 
Clearing 5 acres entirely at £10 £50
Cutting black boys and ring-barking 950 acres at 5s. 0d. £237 10s. 0d.
Fencing 22 miles wire netting at 10s. 0d. per chain £80 0s. 0d.
Shed with lean-to 30 foot long 14 feet wide 12 foot high £32 10s. 0d.
Total £400 0s. 0d. 
[...] I feel the want of a little capital awfully as I have any amount of grass going to waste and could buy stock and fatten at an average profit of £2 per head at least. I am also stuck for a house. I could build a very decent four-room cottage (one storey of course) for £100, chiefly of timber. Matrimony might then be considered and the kids you mention duly counted before they were hatched. There is very little trouble here in bringing up youngsters. They earn their tucker I can assure you, as soon as they can ride and muster stock. I am afraid no Clogher money will come our way; those Dungannon sharks will take care of that. However, with help and luck I should be a prosperous man in ten years. 
Could you not send me out a nice little Irish girl with a small fortune? The life is a glorious one. A man can grow all he wants and a woman has little to do and no conventionalities to study. It would have suited a wild little monkey like you to rights. 
My orchard looks well and I expect some few apples next year. I have ripe cherries now! [105] Working horses are very dear here and horse and cart costs, the horse £25 and the cart and harness £22; these are the lowest. At present I borrow from my neighbours. I am working now harder than ever in my life before ring-barking. 
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