Journal Of An Overland Expedition In Australia, By Ludwig Leichhardt


I had well considered this interesting subject in all its bearings, and
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I Had Well Considered This Interesting Subject In All Its Bearings, And Had Discussed It With Many Of My Acquaintances At Brisbane And Its Neighbouring District; Who Were Generally Of Opinion That It Was Practicable, Under The Plan I Had Marked Out:

But with others, particularly at Sydney, I had to contend against a strong but kindly meant opposition to my journey.

Some, who took more than a common interest in my pursuits, regretted that I should leave so promising a field of research as that which offered itself within the limits of New South Wales, and in which they considered I had laboured with some success during the last two years. Others considered the undertaking exceedingly dangerous, and even the conception of it madness on my part; and the consequence of a blind enthusiasm, nourished either by a deep devotion to science, or by an unreasonable craving for fame: whilst others did not feel themselves justified in assisting a man who they considered was setting out with an intention of committing suicide. I was not, however, blind as to the difficulties of the journey which I was determined to undertake; on the contrary, and I hope my readers will believe me to be sincere, I thought they would be many and great - greater indeed than they eventually proved to be; but, during my recent excursions through the Squatting districts, I had so accustomed myself to a comparatively wild life, and had so closely observed the habits of the aborigines, that I felt assured that the only real difficulties which I could meet with would be of a local character.

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