Long, heavily cross-written letters from Maria at Tullochgorum to John, mainly at Oaklands Mount Gambier, of family and general news such as:- visitors and friends; Bishop and Mrs Nixon (10 Apr., 2 May), Mrs Nixon's baby died (20 May), Nixon's "charge" (23 May); Fanny M. played backgammon with Mr Bell (2 May); Archdeacon and Mrs Davies (5 May); James and Charlotte Grant's wedding and honeymoon (2 May), to live at Melrose (8 May, 23 May, 5 June), Melrose House burnt down (5 Aug. 11 Aug.); Mary Scott marrying Swedish count (8 May, 20 May, 31 May, 16 July, 18 Aug.); trading ship "City of Sydney" (15 Apr.); screw steamer "City of Melbourne" (23 May); election (5 May); gold (31 May, 5 June, 11 Aug.); visit to Campbell Town (16 June); visits to Cambria; George Meredith (J.M.'s father) better (16 June, 30 June); dined at Government House (30 June); Governor's visit (5 Aug, 18 Aug.); Glover's sketch book sold for 10 or 15 guineas (30 June). Also preparations for wedding on 2 October: Bishop's services promised, J.M.'s brother Edwin invited (22
Sept) and reply from John M. from Observatory, Hobart: commissions, furniture, Bishop Nixon to dine tomorrow when "everything will be arranged".