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Transcript of the Letter from Wedge to Batman

Transcript of the Letter from Wedge to Batman

Ballarine Point
10 Augt. 1835

Dear Batman

Your brother has written so fully to you that it is unnecessary for me to write at length to you, as I fully concur in what he has said.

I hope you and the rest of the Gentlemen will agree in the propriety of sending more provisions to be issued in daily rations to the natives this will, I am quite satisfied, make permanent the friendly intercourse you established on your recent trip I have written very fully to Simpson on this subject, in order that he may bring the matter under the immediate consideration of the Gentlemen at Hobart Town. I hope the supply will be sent without delay, as the stores that are here will not last any length of time. As I intend my letter to Simpson for the information of all concerned I have sent it open under cover to Connelly to be forwarded by him to Hobart Town in order that those at Launceston may be made acquainted with its contents.

Buckley, of whom your brother has given you an account, will be of essential service to us, and I hope that you and all concerned will do your utmost to back the Petition for his free pardon if it should be refused, he will probably take to the bush again and in that event there is no knowing the extent of bloodshed that might follow. As an act of humanity towards those who may reside here his free pardon ought to be granted especially when combined with the consideration of the probability of the utility he will be of in furthering our object in bringing these benighted beings into a state of civilization, and from darkness to the light of the Gospel.

It is unnecessary for me to add more than that your brother is exerting himself & doing all you could wish
Such a Voyage!!!

With kind remembrances to the old lady and her clutch

Yours very truly
J H Wedge

John Batman Esqr
Ben Lomond Rivulet

Your brother and myself are going to start on Wednesday to look out for the best situation to form the establishments upon this place will not do The supply of water is deficient, and what there is is of the worst quality and little or none in the summer. Whatever is done here would be lost labor. From what I have at present seen I think the Fresh Water River at the head of the Port will be the place.