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Friday 1st. Jany. 1813 !!! —
This being New Year's day, and also the anniversary of my assuming the Government of this Colony three years ago, I ordered it to be observed as a Holiday throughout the Territory, and that the Troops & Government Artificers and Labourers should receive the usual Donations of Spirits and Fresh Meat. — I received at Noon the Congratulations of the Principal Civil and Military Inhabitants of the Colony; and Congratulatory Addresses were presented to me from the Inhabitants of Sydney, Windsor, Parramatta, and Liverpool! — I entertained the Civil & Military Officers of Government with their Families, the Officers of H.M. Ship Samarang, and other Strangers now at Sydney & the Gentlemen who were deputed to present the Addresses at Dinner today; 48 Persons having sat down at Table! —

Sunday 3d. Jany. 1813 !!!
The Spring Grove, South Sea Whaler, Capt. Douglas, anchored this afternoon in the cove from England, which she left on the 17th. of July last. — A Letter recd. by this conveyance by Mrs. M. from her Sister Margaret mentions my Broyr. Charles having married a young Lady of Fortune at Edinburgh in June last; – but no letters have been recd. from himself. — I have recd. no Public Dispatches – and very few Private Letters, but have had the pleasure to hear that all our Friends at Home were well at the departure of the this Ship. — Capt. Jno. Maclaine has succeeded to the Majority of the 73d. vice Cleaveland deceased. —

Mondy. 18. Jany. 1813 —
Kept as usual Ball & Supper – 115 Persons entertained at Supr.

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Macquarie, Lachlan. Memoranda & Related Papers. 22 December 1808-14 July 1823.
Original held in the Mitchell Library, Sydney.
ML Ref: A772 53-55 ff. [Microfilm Reel CY301 Frames #59-61].

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