...for him, he did not think it proper to receive it as an official communication. When Mr Landells returned he repeated to Mr Burke in my presence, his determination to leave and asked to be dismissed. This Mr Burke refused to do but told him that if he would tender his resignation he would forward it with a recommendation that it should be accepted. In the evening of the next day, on my suggesting to Mr Landells that he might be placing himself in an unpleasant position by leaving without having given proper notice he said that "he had written out some conditions on which only he would go on." He read them to me, they were to this effect: that he should request a written agreement for he could not trust to Mr Burke's word in which our leader should consent to his having full and unqualified control of the camels, that they should travel just as many miles and no more than he (Mr Landells) thought proper, that they should start and stop when he chose, and that he should be allowed to take whatever stores he deemed necessary for their use up to the amount of four camels burthen. Mr Landells also told me that he had an agreement with the Committee requesting the management of the camels about which he believed Mr Burke knew nothing and he has frequently stated to me in stormy terms his disapproval of Mr Burke's management, especially as regards travelling.
William J Wills,
Surveyor and Astrr. Observer.