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Cooper's Creek, 15 December 1860.

A Successful Exploration of Australia from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria.
From the Journals and Letters of William John Wills, Edited by his father, William Wills.

London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street.
Published in ordinary to Her majesty, 1863.


Cooper's Creek
December 15th 1860
Lat 27° 36', Long 141°

Dear Bessy

Since scribbling the above, I have been up to the place from whence I had the walk I mentioned. The camels did not get away this time. We have shifted our quarters to a better place, about twenty miles down the creek.

Tomorrow we start for Eyre's Creek, about two hundred miles towards the Una. There have been heavy thunder-storms towards the north, and I hope we shall find plenty of water. If so, I shall soon be able to send you a good long letter without resorting to the use of pencil.

I wish I could send mamma a few lines, but she must read yours and fancy it written to her: I have not even time to send a line to my father. Tell mamma that I am getting into that robust state of health that I always enjoy when in the bush: a tremendous appetite and can eat anything. One of our chief articles of consumption is horseflesh: it is very nice; you would scarcely know it from beef.

Give my love to all, and Believe me,
Ever your affectionate brother,

William J Wills


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