Georgetown October 12 1876
I hope this letter will find you in good health and spirit. I am in good health myself and Uncle Mickey thank God. I received Grandmother's likeness and it is very like her. I hope she and Aunt Ellen are in good health. Give my love to them.
The claim is worked and indeed this field will be worked out altogether in a few months.
The gold don't go down in the reefs after 80 feet. We are going to the Hodgkinson, a Goldfield 200 miles from here. It was open 6 months ago and is reported to be a very good Goldfield. It is between the Palmer and Etheridge (Rivers), 70 miles from the former. It is 70 miles from the coast. And a new port is opened for it on the shores of Trinity Bay between Cardwell & Cooktown.
I shall get all the letters you have directed to the Etheridge safe. I got John Joe's letter and shall write to him from the Hodgkinson when I get there. He is right to stop at home for a year. He will have more confidence in himself then and be young enough. We will do right enough. If I be lucky on the field I will send for him at once, it is not a long voyage to Australia nowadays & expect it will be so much shorted.
There are two towns on the Hodgkinson. The greater being Thornborough, the lessor Watsonsville. I hope Mrs O'Sullivan is well and all the neighbours. Give my best respects to Mr Morrison, Terry Collins & all the team.
How is Mary and John Sweeney. I hope they are well. I send papers to Father & a miners right I had.
I hope ye will have a happy Christmas and that Aghada is going ahead.
mine to Father, John Joe, Mary, Hannah, Dick, Abby and Tom