Wednesday 7 September 1836

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Every [sic] this morning goes on pleasantly. Capn Martin with 3 of the Islanders, 2 sailors (found by me), 1 native man & 2 Women, Arms & provisions &c &c set out in my boat for the main intending however to sleep the 2 first nights on the Banks of the “Morgan” & at Kangaroo Head, the Rapid sent a boat ashore at 7 A.M. with some letters for me to deliver when the Cygnet arrives, & soon after began to get under weigh. before day light I heard firing from the N.N.W. & as it continued up to 8 A.M. I fear it is from some ship in distress on the other side of Point Marsden. I have not a boat that I can spare to go & so after the Rapid was under weigh I signalised her from our flag staff (which I hoisted) with her Ensign we have commenced discharging the “Pirie” & by the return of Capn Martin I hope she will be ready for sea, or nearly so. James Jones came to day to solicit employment, and I allowed Mr Beare to engage him at 2/- per day his wages under the agreement he has violated were 15/- pr week with [illegible word] &c certain employment &c – so that besides making an example the Company are gainers by his rebellion

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