We Crossed Several Creeks Going To The
Westward; The Country Became More Hilly, And We Followed A Large Creek
With A Good Supply Of Rainwater, Until It Turned Too Much To The
Westward, When We Encamped.
The clear night enabled me to make my
latitude, by an observation of Castor, to be 12 degrees 21 minutes 49
We had accomplished about five miles to the northward.
We saw two emus, and Charley was fortunate enough to shoot one of them;
it was the fattest we had met with round the gulf. During the clear, dewy
night, flocks of geese and ducks passed from the west to the north-east,
and I anticipated that the next stage would bring us again to large
swamps. The bed of the creek on which we encamped was composed of
JOY AT MEETING NATIVES SPEAKING SOME ENGLISH - THEY ARE VERY
FRIENDLY - ALLAMURR - DISCERNMENT OF NATIVE SINCERITY - EAST ALLIGATOR
RIVER - CLOUDS OF DUST MISTAKEN FOR SMOKE - IMPATIENCE TO REACH THE END OF
THE JOURNEY - NATIVES STILL MORE INTELLIGENT - NYUALL - BUFFALOES; SOURCE
FROM WHICH THEY SPRUNG - NATIVE GUIDES ENGAGED; BUT THEY DESERT US - MOUNT
MORRIS BAY - RAFFLES BAY - LEAVE THE PACKHORSE AND BULLOCK BEHIND - BILL
WHITE - ARRIVE AT PORT ESSINGTON - VOYAGE TO SYDNEY.
Dec. 1. - We travelled about eleven or twelve miles to the northward, for
the greater part through forest land, large tracts of which were occupied
solely by Livistona. A species of Acacia and stringy-bark saplings formed
a thick underwood.
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