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  ― xxxiii ―

Note on the Text

This edition is based on the text published by John W. Parker and Son (London) in 1860. The copy-text has been transcribed from the Parker edition and changed from two-volume to a one-volume format with continuous pagination.

Errors of spelling and punctuation are emended, and are enumerated in the List of Editor's Emendations on pages 443 and 444, [See Editorial Declaration in the Header section of this file CC] and inverted commas have been silently regularised to the majority form of the copy-text (singles)—which it also uses to enclose material itself within inverted commas. The heading for Volume 1 Chapter XV, "Come Back", retains the double inverted commas of the copy-text. Otherwise copy-text is followed precisely and its styling as closely as possible, and historically acceptable inconsistencies of spelling, capitalisation and hyphenation/word separation are allowed to stand. The place name, ‘Westbrooke’, which is sometimes rendered as ‘Westbrook’ in the copy-text, has been silently made consistent.

The unit of currency in New South Wales in the nineteenth century was the pound (indicated by l. in the text), divided into twenty shillings (s) each of twelve pence (d).

The text uses imperial measures. The approximate metric equivalent for the mile is 1.6 kilometres.

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