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A SHEEP STATION IN CANTERBURY, N.Z. .

Frontispiece.

STATION LIFE IN NEW ZEALAND.

LETTER I.

TWO MONTHS AT SEA. MELBOURNE.

Port PHILLIP HOTEL, MELBOURNE,

September 22d, 1865.

....Now I must give you an account of our voyage: it has been a very quick one for the immense distance traversed, sometimes under canvas, but generally steaming. We saw no land between the Lizard and Cape Otway light—that is, for fifty-seven days; and oh, the monotony of that time the monotony of it! Our decks were so crowded that we divided our walking hours, in order that each set of passengers might have space to move about; for if every one had taken it into their heads to exercise themselves at the same time, we could hardly have exceeded the fisherman's definition of a walk, “two steps and overboard.” I am ashamed to say I was more or less ill all the way, but, fortunately, F - was not, and I rejoiced at this from the most selfish motives, as he was

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