Francis Hare Papers (no. 38): Jacob Wilson to Hare
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Paper no.38, 31 July 1880
TEXT: Lurge 31st July 1880 / / / To Superintendent Hare / / / Sir / / I greatly regret to hear that you met with that sad accident being wounded in the execution of your duty at Glenrowan I hope it will not be too serious. I now bring before your notice what has transpired up to date the man you despatched to my place on the 14th of June was known by all the people about here having been working at Glenrowan Railway Station and in leaving my place on the day after the Kelly gang was taken it leaves my position cricticle as he is spoken of here as a spy he might have stopped here for to or three weeks after the capture of the Kelly's it would not have caused suspition but leaving at the same time it was enough to rise the suspison I most respectfully beg to ask your opinion what best do for I cannot leave my place and will I have to stop here to be shot for you know them brutes gives no warning I have never been in my bed since Kelly was caught but when I had a private conversation with you at Benalla on the 11th of June I promised to do my best providing you secqu….. my safety which you promised faithfuly and now as a Gentleman I leave it for your greatest consideration I do not Blame you for the ….. as the news came so unexpected and you had many other things to think upon besides my safety but I hope you will think on me now My Son is living at Glenrowan and eversince a week after the capture of the Kelly's sombody is loitering about the place every night ever since he has been obliged to call the attention of his neighbors for protection he informed Senior Constable Glenny of the matter but could do nothing for him would it be posible that he could join the force as a mounted Constable I now leave the matter for your greatest consideration / / Sir / I am your / most obedient servant / Jacob Wilson
OTHER TEXT: Letter from Jacob Wilson / in re Kelly /
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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