(From a Correspondent.)
The Sydney Herald
16 September 1839
Extract of a letter from Murrumbidgee, 9th September, 1839.
Mr. Commissioner Henry Bingham has paid most of the stations a visit in his district, to furnish the proprietor of stock or their overseers, with notices of assessments.
He has made the Doomut River his head quarters, about as accommodating to the inhabitants of the District generally as regards locality, as it would be to the folks of Sydney, to follow their Police Magistrates to Windsor. Mr Bingham's visit was rather in style, after "flying system," but every allowance ought to be made, he is a stranger amongst us, and in point of fact the district allotted to the superintendence is much too large, I am sure, to give satisfaction to the numerous complaints that are hourly made from all quarters - of encroachments, and allowing men who have from one hundred and thirty to one hundred and fifty head of cattle to hire themselves as clerks to a certain class of squatters, to save the former from the expense of a license, and to secure to the latter an extent of country they do not require.
Persons possessed of this quantity of stock ought to be obliged to take out licenses.
It is unfair to the honest glazier or he made to quit. The Revenue will lose, but the principle in itself is fraught with evil.
We have had plenty of rain, the growing wheat crops present a beautiful and promising appearance.
The river is very high, creek running.
Cattle improving fast on the young grass. Catarh busy amongst some of the neighbouring flocks yet.