Menindee, 19 December 1860.
|Original item held at the State Library of Victoria, SLV MS13071, Box 2082/1f (1-4).|
Dispatches sent by members of the Victorian Exploring Expedition to the Exploration Committee.
Wright's dispatches, December 1860-June 1861.
Manuscript, handwritten in ink on blue foolscap paper, 33 pages.
Brought down to Melbourne by W.O. Hodgkinson, who arrived on Monday, 31 December 1860. The despatches were considered at a
Special meeting of the Exploration Committee held that day.
Present: Barkly, Stawell (chair), McCoy, Watson, Eades, Wilkie, Gillbee, Iffla, Cadell, Elliott and Macadam (Secretary).
To the Gentlemen of the Exploration Committee.
The Exploration Committee
The Exploration Commitee replied to Wright on the 31 December 1860.
Your despatch of the 19th instant, forwarded per Mr Hodgkinson, was laid before a meeting of the members of the Exploration Committee held this day, when the following resolutions were carried unanimously:
I have further to inform you that Mr Hodgkinson, who returns as the bearer of this despatch, will hand you an order from Mr Superintendent Foster, of Swan Hill, to obtain from trooper Lyons the despatches for the leader, now in the possession of that officer, and which it is desired you should hand to Mr Burke.
It is hoped by the committee, that trooper Lyons and saddler Macpherson have safely returned to the camp, and you will kindly report as to the manner in which the former has endeavoured to carry out the duty committed to his charge.
The medal for Dick, the aboriginal guide, bearing a suitable inscription, is forwarded with this despatch, and the committee leave in your hands the bestowal of such additional reward as you may deem proper–not exceeding five guineas (say 5 pounds 5 shillings.)
Captain Cadell informed the committee to-day that his store at Menindie would be at your service for depositing any articles you may find it inconvenient to remove to Cooper's Creek at present.
You will endeavour to secure, if possible, twelve pommel pack-saddles, now arrived, it is believed, on the Darling. These were forwarded via Adelaide, and will no doubt be of great use to the main party.
The committee desire that on your meeting with Mr Burke, you will show him, and deposit with him, this despatch, as also a copy of yours of the 19th instant, together with copies of all despatches you may forward to the committee during Mr Burke's absence; and the committee expect that you will communicate under such circumstances as frequently as possible.
Mr Hodgkinson bears letters for the leader and Mr Wills.
In conclusion, it is hoped that your endeavours to remove the stores from your present depot to Cooper's Creek will be early and successfully accomplished.
I have the honour to be,
Mr Wright, third in command, temporary depot, Ptorarmora Creek, Darling River, New South Wales.