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Friday, May 12.

On mustering our followers yesterday we found one man missing. He had come with us with the idea of becoming a settler in the new country, and as we suppose, he had remained behind at Bathurst, a man was this morning sent back for him, he returned in the evening and reported the last time the poor fellow was seen was with some of the natives. He had been at Bathurst the morning we left, and being a little in liquor, had insisted upon going with them to their camp, where it was supposed from his own imprudence he had fallen a sacrifice, as no trace could be found of him by the parties which had been sent out; and the natives with whom he had gone away, had not since been seen. I am told he has left a wife and four children to lament his loss, which likewise threw a damper upon all our spirits, and considerably diminished the pleasure of our journey back.

Journal of an excursion over the Blue or Western Mountains of NSW to Visit a Tract of New Discovered Country, in Company with His Excellency Governor and Mrs Macquarie, and a Party of Gentlemen, H.C. Antill.

published in Fourteen Journeys over the Blue Mountains of NSW 1813-1841, George Mackaness, Horwitz-Grahame, Sydney, 1965, p.87.