brought down by the Government conveyance, in which, Mr. Hoilingshcad's
name appeared as sending gold-dust down. Mr. II. is one of Mr. Welham's
We hear of other arrivals, but, for want of confirmation, refrain from naming the parties.—alaitland Mercury.
Bell's Creek, Nov. 2.—The
following letter from Mr. J. Byrnes of Spring Valley, addressed to Mr.
Fitzpatrick, of this town, has been kindly handed to us for
publication. It is dated " Middle Diggings, Bell's Creek, November 2" :—
" My Dear Sir,—According
to your request, I write to inform you of the present state of the
diggings. I would have written much sooner, but was prevented in
consequence of the bad state of the weather. Our party, consisting of
four besides myself, arrived here on Thursday afternoon. We worked on
Friday for a few hours, and about three hours on Saturday, and were
fortunate enough to get 1 lb. 1 oz. of gold. In my opinion, from what I
can glean, every person is doing well; there are many of them (three in
a party) complaining if they only get 4 oz. in the day. I have no doubt
but that all would do well by persevering; but many think they can pick
up gold on the surface of the ground without manual labour. If you
should come up, you had better provide yourself with tools suitable—a
crowbar is very useful. A party of tlu'ee, on the day of our arrival,
procured 23 oz., and many others from 7 to 13 oz. If you wish, you can
make this public."
Bell's Gully, Nov. 1.—During
the past week, a great many of the diggers here have been doing
first-rate. Moore's party procured 85J oz. in four and a half days;
Greenwood and Barratt 15 oz. in five days. Many others are doing
equally well. I have just heard that two men from Sydney got 100 oz. in
a fortnight. This place continues to be very quiet; there are about 300
people at work, and all those who give themselves up to labour are
getting good wages; some are making fortunes.
Major's Creek, Nov. 4.—The
miners are still doing first-rate : many of them as much as 2 and 3 oz.
a day per man. A party from Broulee, consisting of five, got 18 oz. a
day. I saw a little boy get i oz. 1 dwt. 6 grs. in a tin dish, from a place no larger than a post-