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liberal romp-wry, whose interest you so ably reprw eot, their sincere appreciation of the high degree of comfort and satisfaction with which they have been conveyed to their destination.

To this desirable state of feeling yonrown most courteous indulgent and judicious mode of exercising your important and onerous duties as the commander of'the vessel has been conducted, your practical and quiet enforcement of all the d iti >s, precautions and observances, so eminently necessary for the discipline and safety of your important charge, have been felt and appreciated and not less your cheerful and cordial formation of all reasonable recreation, amusement and good fellowship, by which you have done so much to mitigate the monotony of a long sea voyage. The excellent-and liberal scale "of the'table maintained for the military officers has called forth their (warm commendation, from the commencement to the end of the voyage. It lias left nothing to be desired either in liberality or quality. Several of the officers have been long voyages, all of them at least one long voyage, and there is "a general feeling on the part of all unanimously, and a general feeling on that of each officer, that they 'never have been so well provided for as on board the Lady Joeelvn. Your liberality and kindness have been also shown in a higher form which I must merely indicate here in the supply of comforts to the sick soldiers women and children of a quality and description not generally available on board ship, but promptly and cheerfully provided here. On the part of the excellent officers of your ship, the military passengers have experienced the same unvarying conduct shown by yourself, in fact nothing that could ensure tbc comfort and promote the good will of your present passengers has failed to be carried out by yourself and all under your command on the most liberal scale, and with the most genuine good, feeling, It now only remains for me to tender the sincere farewell of the officers who have been your passengers for so long, and my own, and to beg on tlieir part and mine that you will convey the same to your officers generally. Having been so fortunate as to be conveyed in a vessel so full}- provided with every comfort as the Lady Jocelyn and having been treated so liberally and considerately, the officers cannot but feel a hope that in the vicissitudes of their service they may again meet the Lady Jocelyn, asready and admirably provided for the public service as she has proved to be in her long voyage from Calcutta to New Zealand

I remain, Sir, &c., Henry Booth, Colonel, Commanding 43rd Regiment, Light Infantry. The 43rd Regiment, under the command of Colonel Booth, numbers 64G non-commissioned officers and men, 48 women, 94 children, and the following officers : Majors Francis Hutchinson Synge, and Fiennes *.f. Colville; Captains Fred. Augustus Smith, and A. Jolines Berners; Lieutenants F. G. E. Glover, Stanley Crozier, Chris. H. Hatchell, Hugh 0. B&teman, Henry C. Talbot, Robt. Mercer Tod, Arthur Brett Onslow, St, Vincent A. Hanimick. Coll. McLeod; Ensigns Arthur C. Money, Hamlet W. Cuppage, Charles John Langlands, Wm. Clark ; Quartermaster Arthur Williams; Surgeon Home, (V.C); Assistant Surgeon R. A. P. Grant.

The Lady Jocelyn is an iron screw steamer, built by Mr. C. J. Mare, of Blackball, in 1852, and is a handsome full rigged ship of the following dimensions :—Length 254 feet, breadth 39 feet, depth 25 feet, her gross registered tonnage being 2142 tons. If our memory serves ns she was originally built for the General Screw Steam Company, and has passed through several hands, having at one time under the name of the Brazil formed one of Mr. Lever's Spanish Brazilian Line of Steamers, but has since returned to the British Flag, being now owned by the East India and London Shipping Company. The troops were landed from the Lady Jocelyn yesterday, in the boats of H.M.S. Esk. The American ship Adelaide Bell, Captain Baines, arrived early yesterday morning from Newcastle, whence she sailed on the 21 st ultimo. She has lost about 150 head of the cattle shipped, nearly all before getting clear of her port, from the intense heat prevalent, with scarcely a breath of wind stirring, She made little way for the first period of her passage, but at the last got strong breezes from the S.S.W. She made Cape Maria Van Dieinan on the 4th instant, and has since had to beat down the coast, going easy for the safety of the cattle. The Sea Breeze arrived from Russell yesterday morning at 3 a.m., having sailed on Wednesday. Captain Fernandez reports the following whalers at the Bay:—Elizabeth, American ship, out 3 years, homeward bound ; Prince Edward, New Zealand brig, with 80 barrels sperm; barque Addison standing off and on.

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New Zealander, New Zealander, Volume XIX, Issue 2019, 12 December 1863

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