Francis Hare Papers (no.5): Correspondence from Lesley A. Moody to Hare
AuthorMoody, Lesley A.
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This is part of the digitized version of the Francis Hare Correspondence held in the University of Melbourne Archives. It consists of 54 letters and documents, of which this is one, from 1859-87 and received by or relating to Superintendent Francis Hare, one of the members of the Victoria police force involved in the pursuit and capture of the Kelly Gang. The collection complements Hare’s published memoir, The Last of the Bushrangers (London, 1892) and includes letters by some of the key figures of the Kelly story including the Police Commissioner Frederick Standish, Superintendents Charles Hope Nicolson and John Sadleir, Detective M Ward and John Sherritt, as well as items by Hare himself.
Paper no.5, 20 December 1865
20/12/65 / / My Dear Hare / / Information has been received from reliable sources that a wood boat named the “Charlotte” brings spirits almost every trip from it is believed the neighbourhood of Dromana: and that the man in charge often conveys the spirits to Crockford at Sandridge – this mans name is Wilson – it is also suspected (which taking all things into consideration is correct) that Crockford finding Sandridge too hot is still engaged in the business and employs Canie[?] the black fellow whom I arrested once before & who was known to have escaped when Beaver made the seizure at Crockford – in [?] somewhere about Dromana – Beaver is on the lookout after the vessel & Crockford but it could be a great matter to look out the whole thing at once – Both my men are known to Canie[?] so it is no use sending them – Can you take the matter in hand, as if you do I [?] [?][?] you will turn it up. / The Charlotte is still in the Bay and if she could be watched when she takes her cargo in I think the plant might be sprung. / / I directed that as soon as she starts I [?] [?] telegraphed to, and will at once let you know. Her destination is at present believed to be Dromana. / / Yours very sincerely / Lesley [?] Moody /
KeywordsKelly, Ned, 1855-1880; Bushrangers -- Victoria; Law enforcement -- Victoria
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