The Astronomer to The Honourable The Colonial Secretary, respecting the Meteorological Observatories at Deniliquin &c….
11 Macquarie St. South
Sydney Sept. 21st 1857
I have the honour to lay before you the following account of my proceedings during my late absence from Sydney. I left Sydney May 13th arriving in Melbourne on Saturday 16th. On Monday 18th I conferred with the Superintendents of Meteorological & Astronomical Observatories in Victoria, and forwarded the Instruments for Deniliquin & Albury.
From May 19th to July 29 I was absent on leave, being ten weeks & two days. From July 30th to Sept.16 I was engaged in visiting and establishing Observatories at the following places. Deniliquin, Albury, Cooma, Goulburn and Bathurst.
At Cooma the instruments had not yet arrived but I was enabled to make such preparations and give such instructions as to ensure their being properly placed on their arrival.
One Barometer only had suffered damage but such as can without difficulty be repaired in Sydney.
I have the honour to be Sir
Your most obedient Servant
The Colonial Secretary