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112. From John Grant's Journals and Letters

112. Journal entry, early 1805

We took a walk to a small house on the other side of the water consisting of two rooms on the ground floor and a cellar under and a loft over them to which one mounts by a ladder.

This is the hours (I will be living in) and a shepherd who tends 300 sheep will be the only other resident. He occupies one room which is rather out of repair, but the other has two windows.

Journal entry, March 1805

(The insurrection of Irish prisoners took place on March 4th and (a neighbor's) unfortunate husband was summarily seized, and put on board a vessel for England without trial and consequently without proof that he had been involved.

Letter to the Governor of the penal colony, May 1, 1805

Now Sir! I ask you: in what light, under your atrocious system think you I viewed the skeletons of my fellow-creatures creaking in the winds upon the tree-tops on my arrival here? Methought I smelt the bones and heard the groans of dying patriots. And at your door, Governor King, lies all the blood spilt in the struggles of half-starved men, striving for personal liberty of thought.

Testimony at a sedition* hearing, May 1805

Are we not all born under the same Government; are we not all subject to the same Crown? Ought we not all to understand and exercise these laws?...I tell you, sir, the state of slavery to which the prisoners in this country are subjected is a violation of these laws!...I tell you it is heartless: it is cruel!

Journal entry, July 1805

The military treat (the prisoners) harshly; slavery prevails...The blood of many cries out for vengeance...I cannot repress my indignation that His Majesty's ministers should have sent secret instructions, encouraging...acts of violence as a policy of administration on the Island.

What does Grant write about when he first arrives in Australia?

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I think that he describes the small broken down place he will be living at.