August 06, 2007

20 January 1807, by Elizabeth Macarthur

The Landing Place at Parramatta

A wharf cannot be expected so far from the true harbour, yet the landing place suffices for much of the produce brought from Parramatta. Several of the settlers have lump boats capable of carrying grain, at the shipper's risk - in other words, if they overfill the boat and grain is lost, it is the farmer who suffers. Mr. Macarthur so opposes this system that he urged Governor King to insist that the ship owner bears the risk and so does not over load, but that was agreed only for the Hawkesbury. Young William went to the landing place today, as he will any day when permitted, to observe the soldiers and settlers and the general activity. I wonder if we could let him wander so in England, whereas here nothing seems more natural. Surrounding by uncivilized natives and incorrigible convicts, it is only snakes that we fear!
Much planning today for the Kings' departure - I may travel to Sydney tomorrow to further these plans, if I feel all is well at home. John is at home, so I needn't worry. Perhaps Elizabeth could come with me?

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