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TUE FOUNDERS OF TUE COLONY]
TO THE EDIIOIl OP THE AKQUS.
Sir,-In íeply to Mr. J. S. Rudkin's letter in this day's paper, I beg leave'to correct
some of his errors.
I waa living in Launceston from 1819 up to July, 1835. I never hcaid of any sottler go- ing over to Port Phillip to settle until 1S34, when one or moio of the Hentys, who had a whaling station at Poitland Bay, took sheep ovor to that locality. But I am positive that
no one settled near Melbourne until I landed my people and stock there. In fact, Mr. J. Holder Wedge, Govoinment surveyor at Tas- mania, one of the Batman party, jn his íeport acknowledged that he found my schooner up the Yarra when Batman's party came up from Indented Head, whero Batman fixed his party at first. Gellibrand and Hesso did not find Buckley ; ho came tq Batman's party at Indented Head long before Gellibrand carno over. Buckley did not run away from New South Wales ; ho came out in the Calcutta, Governor David Collins, and ran away into tho bush, with three othors, on Christmas evet 1803. He was not Gft. Oin., but Gft. 4íin. high, as measured and íecordod. How is it that Mr. Rudkin does not give the name, of the men1 horn Launceston who settled in the county of Bourke? I give the names and dates. If ho is so anxious about this matter he ought to be correct, and also particular in his details.
. I am, Sir, a lover of truth,
JOHN P. FAWKNER.