Appeared in Songs from the Mountains with several minor alterations to the original Freeman's Journal version. The alterations included the first line, which was changed to 'The bard who is singing of Wollombi Jim'.
'In the event of your accepting the accompanying satire will you kindly glance at the proofs yourself. Jim the Splitter is my latest effort in the metrical line. I have headed it with my real name, because I like it. Its chief merit lies in its truth. No doubt it is rough on the " 'orny 'anded" but your bushman is one of the most finished rogues out. I ought to know having had such an unhappy business connection with him. The "Heathen Chinee" is a child to the beggar. My poem will "take" with a large class of sufferers' - Kendall, letter to Thomas Butler (editor of the Freeman's Journal), dated 23 January, 1880. Source: Reed (1966).