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Letter written to Annie Bell, his daughter, about station news, a boat race, and preparations for her wedding.


Alma, Booligal, NSW
27th May 1919
My dear Annie,
Your letter on Monday. We expect to start shearing on 23rd. July and will be busy for two or three weeks before getting the sheep ready. With favourable weather we should finish shearing by the middle of Sept. and by that time, Harry would have time to see about his practice, after leaving the Eye & Ear. As far as we can see at present, it would be almost certain for John and Jimmy to get to the wedding anytime after the 20th Sept. 
I was very excited over the boat race, had several wires from Jim Shaw about how the crews were shaping in their training, and also who they were to row against in the first heats. Of course they never give Xavier a chance - if they had won it would have been the limit - the season promises well so far and with a decent spring we are on the way to another good year. The Flu seems to be on the down grade but may keep going for a good while yet. The Bradbos ?? are having changeable weather lately, frosty nights and warm days. We had one or two cold mornings, but so far it has been beautiful weather for the lambs. Kirarbury topped the list for NSW last fall, from 2 to 2 and a half inches, so they are right there.
If George gets away from England in June, he should be in time for the wedding. Jean, Va and Helen should be flu proof for a year or two and perhaps Burnswark is done with it; let us hope so. The Booligal turn out was a great success. They have now over £500. Mrs. Shiel was the mainstay and one of her cakes brought £30, it was put up and sold a good many times. Billy Waugh raised it up to £5 once - Sol Bennett was the auctioneer. The twins or Jamie will give you the correct version. 
With love to you all at Burnswark and remember me to Harry
Your affectionate Father
Lewis Bell
Eye & Ear Hospital, Melbourne - Harry Foxton, Anne's fiancé, practised there after returning from Europe.
John, Jimmy, George, Jean, Va, Helen - siblings of Annie
Billy Waugh - owner of a neighbouring property at Booligal.
Burnswark - home of Annie's grandmother, Betsy Armstrong