Francis Hare Papers (no. 31): Mr Hill to Hare
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Paper no.31, 1 July 1880
TEXT: 58 Webster Street / Ballarat 1st July/80 / / Answered / / My dear old Frank, / / Excuse me for approaching [?] you in such an inconvenient and unusual manner, but my wife and I are so excited over your bravery and success in extinguishing the Kelly Gang, that simple language would not express our exceeding pleasure at the event. We sincerely hope that your wounded arm will not be long an inconvenience to you under the skilful treatment of Dr Ryan. / / How strange that you alone should be hit by the Ruffians who are said to be such expert marksmen – but such is the fortune of war – I feel assured that you thought less of the wound at the time than of the necessity it imposed on you of giving up charge of the attack to a subordinate – but alls well that ends well. What a pity that only one of the ruffians is left for the gallows. I think Mr Ned would have gladly shared the fate of his Brothers in crime. / / The excitement here was something to be remembered as telegram after telegram came up detailing the …. [?] of the fight – the almost universal feeling was that these wolves should be dealt with according to their desserts [?] – the Police came in for great commendation as regard their doings on Monday – but some depreciating remarks were made on the conduct of the four constables in poor [?] Sheritt’s hut – but I dare say they will be able to justify themselves. / / After [?] the quarry [?] (proper) [?] are now extinct, I am by no means assured that this means a return to quietness [?] …… [?] in that District –
it appears to me that some special legislation will be necessary to ensure it – the most pronounced sympathisers should be if possible removed from the District even tho this should mean that their holdings be repurchased from them. No arms should be allowed to be kept or carried except by persons duly licensed and additional Police stations with a force of picked men should formed in the disaffected District – indeed the extent of it is so great that it should be made into a separate Police District of itself under the charge of an officer with extensive power to work it as he might deem best - all this [?] of course means an expenditure of much money, but would it not be better so, than have things [?] in the state they are with the prospect of another similar outbreak at some future time. Do not think of replying to this – at least until you are entirely convalescent – which we hope will be soon – meanwhile we send you and your wife our best regards and good wishes – believe me my good Hare. Yours ever sincerely, / / .............[?] Hill /
OTHER TEXT: From Mr Hill at / Ballarat after / I was 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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