Parramatta 1st Janry 1855.
My dear William,
There were some fine plumping showers here yesterday which I hope extended to Camden, but we have no letter from thence this morning. To day it is again a N: W: wind, but the smoke has disappeared from the atmosphere & the heat is no longer so intense or of so suffocating a character as it had been. It is a favoring gale for you, & I hope the Argo has [this speed?] "far in her watery way." I have not yet seen Mrs Allport, nor has Murray come to me. I hear he came down on Saturday & went on
was [killed?] going from the Church half way down the hill. No money has come yet from the Jenkins I scarcely expected it – The Bank of N. S. Wales people might tell him something about them perhaps. Read Mr Hunts letter in reply to that arch villain Lang in todays Sydney Herald – Lang's letter is in the paper of Saturday. I find I made a mistake in putting in only a
to Sydney. I fear my letter to him which was addressed as he desired to Ultimo College has in some way or other failed to reach him
Dawson has gone back to Camden to day – I told him how pleased you were with him, which seemed to give him great satisfaction
I think of going to Sydney tomorrow to enquire about the Cheque for £6000 & the Bill for £4080 & to put one or two other matters "in train" I wrote yesterday to Byrnes, to Nicholas, Martin & Mitchell to express your regret at not having had time to call on them – the last three I mean.
2d stamp [?] on letter to Edward This may account for its not delivering
It is past [?] – and I really am wearied out. It has been out of my power to write to Edward – My affect remembrances to him & every good wish of the season to you both. Emily & Puss are well & send their love God bless you
ever yr affect Brother J Macarthur