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1845 lengthy Bunbury Correspondence entire headed "William's Town December 10th 45" to Suffolk "Per Spartan" with boxed 'INDIA LETTER/DARTMOUTH' h/s & rated "8" in black, 'DARTMOUTH/MY15/1846' transit & 'BURY ST EDMUNDS' arrival b/s, redirected to "Poste restante/Venice" with rate calculation to "2/1" in red, 'PD'-in-oval h/s of London in red & superb boxed 'ShipLetter'-in-italics b/s, light 'JTALIEN'-in-oval h/s, then forwarded to "Cologne" (at the time, in France), red-ink stain on the address panel. Ex Ray Kelly. [This is the earliest recorded item from Victoria to France, and any of the Italian States . The earliest recorded by Ben Palmer are of 1850 & 1856 respectively]
The chatty contents include references to aborigines, political unrest & the need for Separation from New South Wales, and the discovery of gold, some five years before the first "official" finds! "...The practical importance of these Colonies appears to be overlooked and practical jokes one might almost suppose them to be are played upon the unfortunate colonists by each succeeding Minister...[One of the Port Phillip members of the Legislative Council] told the G-G that he would drive the people into a rebellion...another...has openly at public meetings and in the newspapers advocated armed rebellion to the measures of the FitzRoy Government...The sheep farmers are all getting disgustingly rich and have no means of investing their surplus money...Gold of the highest quality has been found on the Sydney side ..."