A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson eBook

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I saw him with curiosity.  He is tall, approaching to six feet, slender, and his gait and manner, bespeak liveliness and activity.  Of that elegance and fashion, with which my imagination had decked him (I know not why), I could distinguish no trace.  Great allowance should, however, be made for depression and unavoidable deficiency of dress.  His face is thoughtful and intelligent; to a strong cast of countenance he adds a penetrating eye, and a prominent forehead.  His whole demeanour is humble, not servile.  Both on his passage from England, and since his arrival here, his conduct has been irreproachable.  He is appointed high-constable of the settlement of Rose Hill, a post of some respectability, and certainly one of importance to those who live here.  His knowledge of men, particularly of that part of them into whose morals, manners and behaviour he is ordered especially to inspect, eminently fit him for the office.

I cannot quit him without bearing my testimony that his talents promise to be directed in future to make reparation to society for the offences he has heretofore committed against it.

The number of persons of all descriptions at Rose Hill at this period will be seen in the following return.

A return of the number of persons at Rose Hill, 3rd of December 1791

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----------------------- Quality. |Men.|Women.| Children | | | of 10 years | of 2 years | under 2 years ------------------------------------------------------------
------------------ Convicts* 1336 133 0 9 17 Troops 94 9 1 5 2 Civil Department 7 0 0 0 0 Seamen Settlers 3 0 0 0 0 Free Persons 0 7 2 1 2 Total number of persons 1440 149 3 15 21 ------------------------------------------------------------
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[The convicts who are become settlers, are included in this number.]

Of my Sydney journal, I find no part sufficiently interesting to be worth extraction.  This place had long been considered only as a depot for stores.  It exhibited nothing but a few old scattered huts and some sterile gardens.  Cultivation of the ground was abandoned, and all our strength transferred to Rose Hill.  Sydney, nevertheless, continued to be the place of the governor’s residence, and consequently the headquarters of the colony.  No public building of note, except a storehouse, had been erected since my last statement.  The barracks, so long talked of, so long promised, for the accommodation and discipline of the troops, were not even begun when I left the country; and instead of a new hospital, the old one was patched up and, with the assistance of one brought ready-framed from England, served to contain the sick.

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