Francis Hare Papers (no.11): Hare to O'Connor (?)
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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.11, 20 October 1879
TEXT: Police Depot / East Melbourne / Oct 20th 1879 / / / Dear Sir / / On my return to the Depot on Saturday Mrs Murphy & her daughter came to see me & showed / me form letters the […?] lady had received from you. I could hardly believe my eyes when I / read the letters. I did not think it possible for any man having the pretension to being a / gentleman […?] the last she received from you – your behaviour has placed me in a most / unpleasant position. / / The Miss Murpheys have been known to me ever since they were born and have always come / to me for advice since the death of their father – You met the […?] lady in my house & I am / responsible to her mother for what took place there – on my return from Sydney I was told you / had engaged yourself to her & I asked her if you had expressed a wish that the engagement / should be kept a secret she told me you had said nothing on the subject &thought it desirable / that she let her friends know of his engagement – Your last letter taken in conjunction with your / previous ones is to my mind one of the most […?] productions it was possible for any man to / write to a young lady and I think you may consider it fortunate that the […?] lady has not father / or brothers that could take her part and inflict […?] punishment on you that it could make you / more careful in future how you conducted yourself when you were allowed into a gentleman’s / house – as our acquaintance must now cease I wish to be informed what you desire should be / done with some things you left in my house. / / I am Sir / Yours truly / Frances Hare /
OTHER TEXT: Copy of letter / I wrote to O’Connor / about Kate Murphy /
KeywordsKelly, Ned, 1855-1880; Bushrangers -- Victoria; Law enforcement -- Victoria
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