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Monday 4. May 1818 !
I this day inspected the 48th. Regt. Commanded by Lt. Coll. Erskine, and entertained the Officers afterwards at Dinner.

Tuesday 5. May !
This Day anchored in Port Jackson the Ship Neptune Transport commanded by Capt. Robt. Carnes, with 170 Male Convicts from England – whence She sailed on 20th. of Decr. last – touching at the Cape of Good Hope – where she remained for 14 Days. — No man has died during the Voyage. — Doctr. Thos. Reid is the Surgeon Supdt., and Lieut. Bunny of the 48th. Regt. commands the Guard on board the Neptune.

I have received Letters from Capt. Gill of the 46th. Regt. from the Cape where the Ship Harriet had arrived from hence on the 4th. of March last.

Wednesday 6. May !
The Male Convicts arrived in the Lady Castlereagh were this day mustered, by Mr. Secry. Campbell on board that Ship.

Thursday 7. May 1818 !
Mr. Evans Depy. Surveyor, and Mr. Chas. Fraser Actg. Govt. Botanist, set out this day from Sydney for Bathurst to join the Expedition of Discovery under Mr. Oxley. —

Friday 8. May !
The Male Convicts on board the Ship Minerva, were this day mustered by Mr. Secry. Campbell. —

Monday 11. May 1818
The Male Convicts on board the Ship Neptune, recently arrived from England, were this Day mustered and inspected by Mr. Secretary Campbell.

Thursday 14. May !!!
A meeting of the Inhabitants took place this day at the Court House, for the purpose of drawing up and presenting Addresses on the late Calamitous event of the Death of the Princess Charlotte – to the Prince Regent and Prince Leopold. —

L. M.

Saturday 16. May 1818 !
This forenoon Jno. Oxley Esqr. Surveyor Genl. of Lands & Chief of the Expedition of Discovery set out for Bathurst, accompanied by Doctor Harris !

L. M.

Wedy. 20. May 1818 !
This morning early the Male Convicts arrived in the Neptune Transport were landed – and Inspected by myself in Person in the Jail Yard as usual, previous to their final distribution.

L. M.

The Private Merchant Ship David Shaw Commanded by Capt. Ker, sailed late this Evening for England. I gave charge of my Dispatches to Lieut. Mott of the Royal Navy, who is chief officer of this Ship. —

I have sent Home Jeremiah OFlynn the Popish Priest by this opportunity.

Major Mc.Kenzie of the 46th. Regt. is gone Home as a Passenger in the David Shaw.

L. M.

Thursday 21. May 1818 !
I went on an Excursion to Parramatta and Windsor this day accompanied by Mrs. M. and a Party of friends – and returned again to Sydney on Tuesday the 26th. of May. —

Wednesday 27. May !
The Govt. Brig Elizabeth Henrietta, having Brevet Major Stewart and his Company of the 46th. Regt. on board, arrived in the afternoon of this day from Port Dalrymple. —

Thursday 28. May !
The Ship Minerva Capt. Bell, with 160 Male Convicts and a Guard of the 48th. Regt. Commanded by Lieut. Van Meulen sailed from this Port for the Derwent. —

Friday 29. May !
Major Bell's Company of the 48th. Regt., for the Derwent, and the Detachments of the 34th. 46th. & 83d. Regts. Commanded by Lt. Elgee of the former Corps there, embarked this morning for Hobart Town, on board the Ship Lady Castlereagh; this Ship also conveying to the Derwent her whole Importation of Convicts – consisting of 300 men. —

L. M.

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Macquarie, Lachlan. Diary 10 April 1816 – 1 July 1818.
Original held in the Mitchell Library, Sydney.
ML Ref: A773 pp.162-165. [Microfilm Reel CY301 Frames #392–395].

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