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Swan Hill, 11 July 1861.

Original item held at the State Library of Victoria, SLV MS13071, Box 2085/5a, Item 6.
Victorian Relief Expedition Records, Dispatches sent by members of the Relief Expeditions to the EC.
Alfred William Howitt dispatch, [Swan Hill], 11 July 1861.


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Swan Hill, July 11, 1861.


I have the honour to report that I expect to leave this place on Saturday morning.

Mr Welsh, I am happy to say, has rapidly improved since my last, and Dr Wheeler, I believe, considers him recovered.

With respect to horses, I have to state that I have purchased twelve up to the present time, and believe that I shall have no difficulty in completing a number which will enable me to move the party on. Annexed I furnish a list of the horses now purchased.

Various articles which I have been unable to procure at the store, have been kindly supplied by Mr Foster; and, on leaving, I shall forward a list of such things as I have given him a receipt for, to the committee.

I have the honour to remain, Sir,
Your most obedient servant,
A W Howitt,
Leader of the Contingent Party.

To the Hon, John Macadam, M.D.,
Hon Secretary to the Exploration Committee.


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