Epigraph: In September 1794, some accounts were received from the Hawkesbury which corroborated the opinion that the settlers there merited the attacks which were from time to time made upon them by the natives; it being now said, that some of them had [?] a native boy,and, after tying him hand and foot, had dragged him several times through a fire, until his back was dreadfully burnt, and in that state had thrown him into the river, where they shot at, and killed him.' Collin's [sic] History of New South Wales.
[AustLit note: The book title referred to is Lieutenant David Collins's An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales. The reference is to chapter 28 and to accounts that were received in October 1974.]