Francis Hare Papers (2012.0001): Letter to Mrs Josephine Smith
AuthorHare, Francis Augustus
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My dear Mrs. Smith When I last saw you I little thought that I should not again visit your place for such a length of time but here I am doing the invalid at Sunbury I told you that the Kellys would be taken within five miles of your house, but I did not call in for breakfast as I said I would, as I had to go for a Dr. instead. How glad you must be that the ruffians are swept off the face of the Earth, not that they did you any harm, but still it is not pleasant to have them in your neighbourhood who thought as little of taking life as we do of shooting a quail. My chief object in writing to you is to tell you that Mrs. Clarke sent you an invitation to her ball at my request – she desires me to say she hopes that you will not think it rude of her sending you an invitation without having the pleasure of yr. acquaintance., Now mind you come, you will see everybody in Melbourne there. I fancy there will be 7 or 800 people in the room. Don’t shut yourselves up like hermits but take advantage of any little fun you can get. The train is close to your door, & it is no trouble to you to run down to town. With kind regards to your husband believe me Ever yrs. Very sincerely Francis Hare
Correspondence written 21 July 1880
Letter from Superintendent Francis Hare to Mrs Josephine Smith apologising for his failure to visit her house. Superintendent Hare was shot in the wrist by the Kelly Gang (which included Ned Kelly) during the siege at Glenrowan; he wrote this letter during his convalescence.
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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