Francis Hare Papers (no. 47): P. Allen to Hare
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Paper no.47, 14 September 1881
TEXT: Beechworth / Sept 14th 1881 / / / F Hare Esq / / Dear Sir / / Yours of yesterday to hand and in reply. Mrs Nicholson did call at my store and drove up in a cab but she never asked me to sign any paper & I can also assure you she did not ask my friend Mr Dodd to do so either – in fact Mr Dodd never saw her. he has today forwarded his affidavit on the matter – John Sherritt has also forwarded his. I am quite sure that Mrs N did not present a petition to any one to sign – but she spoke to a few on the subject = I expected you to put some questions to me when I was called before the Commission & was rather surprised when you did not do so. As you are no doubt aware I knew a good deal about the Kelly Business in the position I was in – that is supplying stores & assisting Ward, the latter was my special object in as much as I know him & respect him for 17 Years – I refer you to Sergt Sullivan for my character – I trust you will use your influence for Mrs Sherritt Senr for really she risked the lives of herself & her family for almost nothing – / / Yours most respectfully / P [?] Allen /
OTHER TEXT: Frm Store Keeper Allen at Beechworth about Mrs Nicholson calling to sign petition
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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