17 March 1871
Mr Donaldson informed me that he has sent the meteorological Instruments I forwarded to him; to you and that you will forward the usual returns.
I shall be very glad to receive from you such meteorological information as you may find time to send for the climate of Bourke is a matter of great interest from a scientific point of view – especially the amount of rain and the direction and force of the wind as these features are connected with the winds, and of course the climate of the whole Colony.
Should you want any information or instructions about the Instruments I will be glad to furnish it.
H C Russell
J. Becker Esqre