The Astronomer to The Honourable The Colonial Secretary respecting leave of Absence.
11 Macquarie St South
Sydney May 1st 1857
In reply to your letter of 30th April I beg to state that it was my intention to establish the Observatory at Parramatta before leaving Sydney; also that to establish those at Maitland and Goulburn would occasion a considerable waste of time and money, as I must pass through Goulburn on my return from Melbourne via Deniliquin, Albury, Cooma, Goulburn & Bathurst; and must pass through Maitland on my road to Armidale.
I therefore beg for leave of absence for six weeks, commencing on the 14th Inst, and, in order to complete my arrangements beg the favour of as early reply as may be convenient.
I have the honour to be
Your most obedient Servant
The Honourable The Colonial Secretary