Letter from Sub-Inspector Pewtress
"I think it next to useless to lead a handful of constables after four well armed bushrangers and without ample provisions... I know nothing of bush life and therefore unable to guide men to the course they should pursue and might through ignorance lead them into danger and perhaps death"
- Henry Pewtress, Sub-Inspector, Mansfield. 29 October, 1878
This letter was written by Henry Pewtress, Sub Inspector at Mansfield in 1878. Pewtress was in charge of the search party sent out to retrieve the bodies of the murdered police at Stringybark Creek.
In the letter, addressed to the Chief Commissioner, Pewtress provides a moving and honest appraisal of his own ability to lead the search party and the dangers they faced in the hands of someone so inexperienced.