Francis Hare Papers (no. 22): Standish to Hare
AuthorStandish, F. C.
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Paper no.22, 18 June 1880
TEXT: Melbourne, 18th June 1880 / / My dear Frank / / Thanks for your letter of the 16th wh I got yesterday. I have purchased your grey horse, also Chomley’s horse from Beckwith £25 & £20 respectively which swallows up the balance of the vote all but £4.10.0. / / The big horse was brought into the Depot yesterday from Dandenong; his hocks are still a trifle enlarged but are nearly well; he is very poor & has a long rough coat & is not looking to advantage. I shall get Ld Normanby to look at him but I am quite certain that he will not take him. I will offer him the GR horse now in Kyneton paddock as you suggest. / / The […] larrikins […] us all yesterday morning with the usual shouts of “Kelly Gang” as you may not have seen last night’s “Herald”. I send you the article wh created the commotion. / / I presume you will not be sorry to lose the ornamental Queensland Sub-Inspector & I am sure that had you the occasion to utilize him & his troopers … could smother you in red tape & throw every obstacle in your way. I sincerely hope I shall never see him again. / / Everything is quiet at the Dept; Const Eyton was brought up before me for being late at stables but I only reprimanded him. It appears that he is frequently a few minutes late. I am about to send him to fill up a vacancy at Talbot. One of the recent recruits will be sent up to you on Tuesday & the other as soon as possible. /
I called on Mrs Hare this morning & had a chat with her. / / I propose running up to Benalla next week but will consult you by telegraph as to what day will suit you. / / It is very improbable that the Reform Bill will pass & I fancy that if the Governor consents there will be an immediate dissolution & fresh appeal to the constituencies. What the result will be it is hard to conjecture. / / We are having beastly weather – cold, wet & damp. It has been raining all this morning. / / Very sincerely yours / F C Standish /
OTHER TEXT: Private letters from Standish to me / whilst I was at Benalla /
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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