Francis Hare Papers (no. 23): Standish to Hare
AuthorStandish, F. C.
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Paper no.23, 22 June 1880
Police Department / Chief Commissioner’s Office / Melbourne, 22nd June 1880 / / My dear Frank, / / I find that I shall not be able to leave town this week as I have sundry engagements both private & official wh will detain me; I hope however to get away next week & to spend a couple of days in the NE district with you. / / I was up at the Depot just now & saw the grass widow who is as cheery & jolly as possible in spite of the absence of her liege lord. She tells me she will probably now go up to see you on Saturday / / The 2 … recruits will be sent up almost immediately. I .have passed the a/cs for your and Chomley’s horses. I also gave a requisition for the 2 indian rubber saddlecloths you wrote about to Beckwith. We have got 6 of the last lot of horses in for breaking but they are looking wretchedly thin & tuckered up. The Dandenong paddock is in a frightful state & all flooded wh accounts for the poor condition of the horses, The condemned[?] horses were sold yesterday & though they looked more fit for the Knacker’s yard than anything else, they fetched the respectable average of £5.1.6!! / / When telegraphing the date of Chomley’s departure for Seymour I requested that O’Connor’s blacks might be allowed to remain till Chomley’s return. In reply I received the following telegram: “Colonial Secretary is unable to accede to your wish respecting troopers and requests they may be sent back at once.” This is very a\unaccommodating on behalf of the Queensland authorities. /
No I have not had a chance of seeing Mr Ramsay since Friday when I recd the above telegram. I have taken no action but I shall probably see my Minister this afternoon. I will write to you officially on the subject tomorrow. I presume you will keep Moses as he consents to stay & if you have not done so already it might be as well to get S… from Mansfield until Chomley returns. / / Poor Charlie Hackett[?] has had 2 more fits & is in a very bad way but is getting rather better & on Saturday when I went to see him & sat at his bed side for ½ an hour he was in good spirits & hopeful about himself but he looks very worked out and feeble. It is certain he will never be able to resume duty & will have to go on half pay. / / It is very improbable that the Reform Bill will pass at the division on Thursday next but there is no doubt that if Ld Normanby consents to grant a dissolution a further appeal will be made to the constituencies, the result of wh no one can conjecture; most people however think that if the Ministry adopt that course, they will be returned with a substantial majority; for my part I am not at all sanguine of such a solution of their difficulty. / / I suppose you saw Eyles[?] in the last Australasian who denounces the substitution of another for the ablest & most experienced officer in the Police Force. I should like to know what Nicolson did during the 10 months he was at Benalla save looking righteous and prophesying immediate success, besides being by his employes. The Cranky Scotie is now inspecting the Wimmera & Western Districts & it is a great blessing for me to have him away from town. / / Very Sincerely Yrs / F C Standish /
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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