Francis Hare Papers (no. 29): John Sherritt (Snr.) to Hare
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Paper no.29, 1 July 1880
TEXT: Sheepstation Creek / July lst 1880 / / / Mr. Hare / / Dear Sir / / You have heard of the murder of my Dear Son Aaron it Seems the mother or the Son Patsy is not satisfied yet On Monday last Aaron's burial took place on the night - Tuesday night their was five or six signals given about five or six perches of my house those signals is whistles after a little while, came a foot step close to the door went out and seen the man running a way could not tell who it was but I have come to the Conclusion it must be the murders .Brother Coming to see if my son John was about these signals is the same that the murder had when in the ranges it was about eight açlock at night when this took place. the reason of this is on the day of Aaron's funeral it was Commonly ….. reported in Beechworth that it was my son John that shot Burns at Glenrowan but my son John is stooping with the Police in Beechworth and is a fraid to Come home also his Brother William is going up to stop with the Police until we hear from you On the Saturday night that Joe Burns murdered Aaron Burns says to Aaron's mother inlaw to send out Johny Sherritt he want him Mrs. Barry said he was not here Send me out William Sherritt She Said William was not their my son William was just half an hour …… left to come home when the murder took place my son - William was working down on the Woolshed he sleps in Aaron's house at night ecept on a Saturday night when he would Come home to see his mother
I have reported those signals to Detective Ward and also to the Police Magistrate on this day the two young lads want to leave the ovens district and made up their mind to join the police John is 21 years William going in to 20 years and if you would be so very kind as to Speak of it to the Chief Commissioner to take them on you - / will be the means to keep them from being murdered the two lads will have to stop at the Police Camp until the hear from you Detective Ward was say it would be better for Johny to go to New Zealand and join the Police their but their mother will not let them go their ,when the learn their drill the could be sent to gelong where my Brother George was Stationed about Seventeen years ago he was Stationed under Sergent Glass when those boys leaves me I will have none to help me I have seven Daughters and one Son the son nineteen months old we give all the information that we could get about the Kelly Gang to Detective Ward and after all I have lost my Dear Son that I will never forget and it will be the means of shortening my wifes days / / Dear Sir I hope you are not seirously - wounded, thank god that the murders is at an end my wife says that you will do what you can to protect her two boys the are at the Police Camp in Beechworth until the hear from you / I remain Yours / most respectfully / / John Sherritt /
OTHER TEXT: Letter from John / Sherritt Sen. after / Aaron was murdered /
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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