Francis Hare Papers (no. 27): Standish to Hare
AuthorStandish, F. C.
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Paper no.27, 21 July 1880
TEXT: Melbourne 21st July 1880 / / / / My dear Frank, / / / You will have seen that the Argus in its yesterday's comments on yr. report of the Glenrowan affair was as usual nasty & that the "Argus poodle" I mean.the Daily Telegraph of this day writes much in the same strain. I hear ………has considerable influence with the Argus and being a great friend of Nicolson's he will of course do all he can for him. I suppose that Nicolson will at once write a lengthy report & endeavour to traverse some of your statements, but with an impartial board, I don't think you & I have much to fear. George Levey has just been here to have a yarn with me on this matter; he seems to think that Nicolson's friends & the numerous scions of the Smith family will do their utmost to make things disagreeable for you & me. At all events I think there is every reason to believe that the Age will not be our foe & as you know it it is far better to be befriended by the Age & slandered by the Argus than the reverse. / All kind of political rumors are flying about - the latest being that a coalition Ministry is likely to be formed & that the big 0 will again be left out in the cold, at which I shall not grieve much. But you never can tell till the numbers are up. What with a more than ordinary press of business & the outgoing mail I have not been able to slip up to see you but Charley Ryan comes to see me every day to report how you are going on. If you don't come to town on Saturday as I heard it was your intention to do, I'll run up to pay you a visit by the midday train. /
The painters-are still in your house but will soon have finished their job. Sadleir who writes to me almost every day says that things are quiet; the only incident is that … of the McAuliffe's has been …. & states he is going to take to the-bush; the McAuliffe in question is one of -the most dangerous of the sympathizers. …. goes up to Benalla for good at-the end of the week when Montfort will return to Melbourne. I have recd. Sadleir's report re the new stations & on various suggestions he makes for the preservation of peace in the NE district but I have returned it to him for financial particulars. and I know it will take a fortnight to finish the work. / / I have been awfully busy all day & I can hardly as yet say when I shall be able to run up & see you again, but I will as soon as I can. I saw Charles H kett yesterday;he was sitting in the verandah looking better and more chirpy than he has been for years. His is a wonderful recovery. / / Very Sincerely Yrs. / / F C Standish /
OTHER TEXT: Private letters from Capt Standish whilst I was at Sunbury wounded. /
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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