I have been absent from this blog for nearly three weeks on account of a trapped nerve in my right arm which makes it almost impossible to type. The problem is still there, but at least the third lot of painkillers I am taking seem to control the discomfort to an extent.
I have, however, been doing more research on the Red Barn affair, and I can now positively assert that Samuel 'Beauty' Smith and Thomas Griffiths Wainewright cannot possibly ever have met in Australia where both had been transported for life.
Wainwright was in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) and Smith was in the Sydney area and it is impossible that either could have visited the other even assuming that they were ever acquainted in the first place.
The details of Smith's time in Australia are most interesting, and I am writing an article about him which I hope Genealogists' Magazine will publish in due course.
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