Letter to Burnett Argus
Maryborough Chronicle
Saturday, December 18, 1865.

(The annexed letter was, we believe, written in one of the huts at Bonara, and sent to us, by the Wild Scotchman.  We insert it, as much because of the novelty, as an account of the opposite view of the conduct of the police it gives, --- Truly, there are “two sides to every question.”

Ed. B.A.)

Friend Thomas, --- The spirit did me move on last Saturday to take up into my hands and to peruse the periodical called and known in these parts as the Burnett Argus, and then and there I was informed of my own achievements in the Claude Duval line, putting the heroic defenders of Gayndah in general and the Wide Bay and Burnett in particular, into a state of the greatest possible excitement.

But, Friend Thomas, although I am a bushranger, I expect to be treated as a gentleman, and therefore the little bit of blarney you had in the Argus anent the bravery of Messrs. Bligh and Clohesy, will, I hope, be taken at its true value.  The real fact of the matter is, that when Mr. Bligh overtook me, the chance which he had of my capture arose from a sudden fit of generosity on my part, as from the shaking, oscillating tendency of his knees and the pallor of his countenance, I thought he had been suddenly attacked with the fever and ague.

Crawford, of Ideraway, was however, the best lark of the lot.  It was funny to see that fine gent.  How civil he was, his eye every now and then reverting to my revolver, calculating most probably in his own mind, a possible contingency of becoming acquainted with its contents.  Mr. Crawford and the important band of heroes, which he improvised on his return in safety to Gayndah will, I have no doubt, earn a reputation only second to “Nap the First”.  However, when they catch me, please let me know.

                                                Yours truly,


                                                                   the Wild Scotchman.



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