Francis Hare Papers (no.14): J. Sadleir to Hare
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Paper no.14, 27 May 1880
TEXT: Private / / Benalla Monday / May 27/80 / Private / / My dear Hare, / / I have been perplexed at the many things I hear about new arrangements in the Kelly hunt. Nicolson has told me of your letter to him – you would have done well to refuse the business altogether – you may be quite sure that we here have learned something during the last 10 months, and why the Chief should take the course he proposes is altogether beyond my comprehension – It may be that the present party of blacks will miss fire once or twice; if this is possible with a manageable well trained lot. No officer who understands his work would undertake the business with a scratch team – We have all made blunders, but this will be the biggest blunder yet, besides having the Chief at nor with his Assistant, and the former most surely in the wrong – It is indifferent to me who has charge of this work. I really believe I know more about it & what is necessary than any one else in the service, but I would be a fool to undertake it as things are now tending – For several months I have simply been a confidential adviser without a portfolio, and I think I can speak impartially …? about my own great …? – Even this simple role I shall discontinue under any …? that my judgement does not approve of – However I suppose things will now take their course notwithstanding all that may be said by yours very truly / / J Sadleir /
OTHER TEXT: Private letter from Sadleir to me / on his hearing I was to relieve / Nicolson at Benalla / May 27 - 1880 /
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.
KeywordsKelly, Ned, 1855-1880; Bushrangers -- Victoria; Law enforcement -- Victoria
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