[ April 5-7, 1839]
This is the fourth day that I have had a "gang" of lads working in the woods for me after their task hours for pay; you cannot think how zealous and energetic they are; I dare say the novelty of the process pleases them almost as much as the money they earn. I must say they quite deserve their small wages.
Last night I received a present from Mrs. F[raser] of a drumfish, which animal I had never beheld before, and which seemed to me first cousin to the great Leviathan. It is to be eaten, and is certainly the biggest fish food I ever saw; however, everything is in proportion, and the prawns that came with it are upon a similarly extensive scale; this magnificent piscatorial bounty was accompanied by a profusion of Hamilton green peas, really a munificent supply.
I went out early after breakfast with Jack hunting for new paths; we rode all along the road by Jones's Creek, and most beautiful it was. We skirted the plantation burial ground, and a dismal place it looked; the cattle trampling over it in every diretion, except where Mr. K[ing] had had an enclosure put up round the graves of two white men who had worked on the estate. They