To the Editor of the Victoria Advocate.
18th Sept. l851. Sir, I take pleasure of writing to inform you of the success of the prospecting I have had since I left Geelong. For the first fortnight a party of five did not gain even five shilling
but being determined not to return, Mr James Regan and myself proceeded in search of gold at different times and in different parts, and found it in many parts on Mr Learmouth's run, on Mr Winter's run, &c., in different spots. We found it last of all on Mr
Yuille's run in abundance, enough to pay any man who will work. There are in fact different persons earning from seven to twelve pounds per week on these diggings. The gold is very good, and the peace is kept well by the Geelong people in general. Mr Clark ,the re- porter of the Advertiser is a great means of their doing so, for he uses his best to keep order. There is plenty of room here for thousands of diggers, as this place exceeds three miles in breadth on both sides of the Creek, and there are other places joining this. At the Buninyong diggings no man could live. People are now coming in from Geelong, Melbourne, and Port Fairy by tens and twenties a day and from the Clunes Diggings, besides other places. We were the first who discovered these diggings, and made it known to the public, and I think that the Melbourne Gold Society should think of us and the Geelong people especially, for our perseverance and industry, for there is not such a place within the coasts of New Holland. I have written you only the truth, and you may depend upon it. Mr Regan and myself are doing very well, but the weather is very bad. I will send you more particulars at another day.
Please to send my paper to the Post Office Buninyong.
I remain, &c,