John Leigh Becker to HL Becker

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John Leigh Becker (1840-1872) from Merino Downs, Portland, Victoria to his father HL Becker. He has come into this district only to ascertain whether the District can support a medical man. His three months working in the Melbourne Hospital has convinced him that if he is to benefit from the climate he must lead a more open air life and spend the greater part of his time in the saddle. Describes the journey and its discomforts. At the end cordially welcomed by the Henty Family (he and his brother were the first settlers in Victoria) Gives pros and cons of staying on there and hopes to say something definite in next letter.