Extracts from the letters and journals of George Fletcher Moore: Esq. now filling a judicial office at the Swan River Settlement

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Page 26 - Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
Page 253 - But ever and anon of griefs subdued There comes a token like a scorpion's sting, Scarce seen, but with fresh bitterness imbued ; And slight withal may be the things which bring Back on the heart the weight which it would fling Aside for ever : it may be a sound — A tone of music — summer's eve — or spring — A flower — the wind — the ocean — which shall wound, Striking the electric chain wherewith we are darkly bound ; XXIV.
Page 165 - midst the desert fruitful fields arise, That, crown'd with tufted trees and springing corn, Like verdant isles, the sable waste adorn.
Page 274 - You came to our country ; you have " driven us from our haunts, and disturbed us in " our occupations ; as we walk in our own country " we are fired upon by the white men. Why should
Page 38 - Some ploughs, cars, saws, and mill machinery are lying even yet on the be(ach. If I were coming again, I should content myself with grubbing hoes, felling axes (mine are too long and narrow), spades, some kitchen, utensils, plenty of provisions, and a hammock ; these would do to begin with. Those who brought great apparatus and stock were sadly burdened with the first, and did not know what to do with the second. Many of their cattle ran into the bush and were lost, and some of the more delicate...
Page 273 - Ya-gan again stepped forward, and leaning familiarly with his left hand on my shoulder, while he gesticulated with his right, delivered a sort of recitative, looking earnestly at my face. I regret that I could not understand him, but I conjectured, from the tone and manner, that the purport was this : — "You came to our country; you have driven us from our haunts, and disturbed us in our occupations : as we walk in our own country, we are fired upon by the white men; why should the white men treat...
Page 90 - In the evening, at the Governor's house, we had 180 ladies and gentlemen ! ! ! The ball was kept up with the greatest spirit until six in the morning; and the dancing almost without interval — contre-dances, quadrilles, Spanish dances, and gallopades. I never before witnessed such gaiety at a ball, nor ever before danced so much in one night ; four rooms and an arcade were all filled, and connected with the verandah ; a superb tent was fitted up, decorated and festooned with naval flags, and in...
Page 48 - The grass tree is one great characteristic of the scenery and of the vegetation of Australia. It puts one in mind of a tall black native, with a spear in his hand, ornamented with a tuft of rushes. On the spear is found an excellent, clear, transparent gum, and from the lower part of the tree oozes a black gum which makes a powerful cement, used by the natives for fastening stone heads on their hammers.
Page 273 - Here I advanced with open hands to them, which all ran eagerly to grasp, save the moody chief himself. They had grouped around, evidently attending to the arguments on both sides with great interest, and glad of anything like a friendly termination.
Page 42 - There being no made roads, and the bush tracks consisting solely of dry heavy sand, water carriage was the one means of transport for produce, and the only way to obtain land, in an accessible position, suitable for farming purposes, was for the recent arrival to take over a portion of a block already...

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