Two original autograph letters signed `T. L. Mitchell’, from the Surveyor General’s Office Sydney, the first dated 11th October 1843, the second 2nd March 1852. The first, written to Mr James Upton, Cornwallis, Windsor, is a six line letter acknowledging Upton’s application for a License to occupy one Section of Land in the County of Hunter. Mitchell informs Upton that he has submitted the request with his (Mitchell’s) report to the Colonial Secretary, for the consideration of His Excellency the Governor. The second, in fifteen lines, informs Upton that in consequence of the sale by auction of 30 acres of land being part of 1200 acres in the County of Hunter under lease to [Upton], his lease is cancelled under the 11th Clause of the Regulation of the 29th March 1848, and advises him to apply to the Colonial Treasurer for the restitution of the rent of the land in question for the unexpired period of the lease
MITCHELL, Major Thomas Livingstone
Description: folio, (330x420cm, 330x200cm), written one side of the paper. Fine. Each separately enclosed in mylar
Mitchell (1792-1855), was Australia’s second surveyor general from 1828 to 1855. Surveyor, cartographer, explorer and author, Mitchell was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council in 1844, but resigned after a few months, finding it impossible to reconcile his role of public servant with that of politician. The death notice of James Upton of Cornwallis, Windsor, appears in the Windsor and Richmond Gazette, 18th August, 1888. The 1828 census lists Upton as 23 years old, born in the Colony, farmer, Protestant.