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II Collins Supplement Economy Danger of Famine 1 Crops lost? 1/3 116a 55

No 1 P. 136. Decr 1790. "The harvest which was begun in the last,
"was completed in this month. In the abundance that was expected,
"every one was disappointed; for, owing to a most tedious and unfortunate
"drought during ten months, the wheat did not turn
"out more than one third of what, from the quantity of ground
"sown with that grain, there was a reasonable expectation of its
"producing, had the season been moderately favourable. This was the
"more seriously felt, as at one time a hope was entertained of
"reaping grain sufficient to supply the colony with bread for two

No 2. P. 202. March 1799. "The settlement was at this time much
"in want of many necessary articles of life; and when these were
"brought by speculators and traders who occasionally touched there,
"they demanded more than 500 per cent above what the same
"articles could have been sent out for from England, with every
"addition of freight, insurance, &c. They saw the wants of the
"colony and availed themselves of its necessities."—

No 3 P. 210. May 1799. "A quantity of fresh pork having been for
"some time secured into the store, there were found at this period six
"months salt provisions remaining; which, without this supply would
"have been all consumed, and the colony left without animal food,
"save in the article of live stock, a resource on which it could not
"have been prudent to have touched as a supply, except in a case
"of the last necessity.—

"Every encouragement was given to the curing of pork upon Norfolk Island;
"but the casks in which the salt meat was sent from England were in
"general so extremely feeble by the time they arrived, that scarcely one in a
"hundred was fit for that purpose a second time. Could any timber, fit
"for this use, have been found in the country, yet a supply of hoops and
"salt pans would have been necessary; and unless it was cured in the winter
"season, and the method observed by Captain Cook was practised at Norfolk Island,
"it remained a doubt whether it could be accomplished to any considerable extent.

"The price of fresh pork having been raised in consequence of the failure
"of the late harvest, as a temporary relief to those who had suffered by that
"misfortune, the commissary was, at the close of this month, directed to re
"turn to the price formerly established, viz. nine-pence per pound.

"The state of the public stores with respect to salt provisions
"having been carefully examined, it became necessary to make a small
"reduction of the ration in time, in order to prevent a greater."

Identifier: | JB/116/055/001
"JB/" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 116.


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