Francis Hare Papers (no. 24): Standish to Hare
AuthorStandish, F. C.
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Paper no.24, 24 June 1880
Confid2 / Police Department / Chief Commissioner’s Office / Melbourne, 24th June 1880 / / My dear Frank / On the receipt of your letter of yesterday I at once went to see Mr …the Depty P.M.G. It would not do to give up the torn [?] bag wch is sent to Chapple’s at the Woolshed but it will be taken from him at once, as soon as a suitable man can be found to replace him. Will you therefore … Ward to suggest the names of some respectable man at the Woolshed who wd be willing to have charge of the loose bag & on my recommendation Mr … will … him. Pray attend to this at once. / Wallace’s … went up yesterday of the day before; I don’t see that Wallace can do much harm at Yea as that is outside the boundaries of the Kelly country. I was not very sanguine that anything would turn up … Paddy Byrne’s … … It must be very hard work for our men being out there bitter cold nights but I suppose it must be done. /
I can scarcely imagine that … would turn traitor but if there are any grounds for suspicion he must be got rid of at once. / I suppose Mr O’Connor and his men will leave at once & I can’t say I regret it tho’ it would be as well that they shd remain till Chomley’s return. I have no doubt that your surmise that Nicolson showed my letters to O’Connor is correct. / TheACP is a dangerous sneak & I would not trust him further than I could throw a bull by the tail. / I will do all I can to hurry the repairs to yr house & will go & see … today to ask them to take the matter in hand at once. I can’t positively say when I shall be up in Benalla. I have a great press of business on hand just now & am at work from 9 till 4½ every day. / Charlie Ha… is a little better; he will never, however, be able to resume his duties & will have to go on half pay which he can claim. / Don’t wait for me to turn up … make your trip to …, Oxley &c. / I’m only just in time to post this. / Yrs very truly / 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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