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Hobart Colonial Times (Newspaper) - October 3, 1851, Hobart, Tasmania National Library of Australia ship mails. For Melbourne per Mary Ann this Day at 6 p m. For Nelson and Wellington per Spray Tia Launceston ditto Dildo. For Swan River up Cornhill on tuesday nou at noon. For Ceylon and London via Ceylon Pir Pii Iii on next at noon. Commercial Hon aet 9s of to of. Ort. Per Bushel English Barley 7s. Of. To is. Of. Cape ditto of. Of. To of. Of. Oats 5s.0d. To 5s. 3d. Peas 5s. Of. To of. Of. Beans -8s. Of. To of. Of. Tares 10s. Of. To of. Of. Flour 23/. To 00/. Per ton Liny Loose 0/. 10s. Of. To 01. Of. Of. Ditto pressed. Is. 10s. Of. To 01. Of of. Straw 47, 10s. Of. To of. Of. Of. Potatoes in. 8s. Of. To 01. Of. Onions 20/. Of. Of. To . D. Cabbages per dozen of. 9d. To is. Of. Cauli Flowers is. Of. To 2s. Of. Carrots per dozen Bunches is. Turnips ditto is. Appari per Bushel 12s. Go. To of. Of. Owls per couple 3.�. Of. To of. Of. Ducks 4s. Go. To is. Of. Geese each 4s. Of. To of. Of. Turkeys ditto 4s. Of. To is of. Eggs of. 8d. To of. 9d. Butter is. 4d. To is. Cd. Fort Arthur coals us. Go. Per ton Schouten Mund ditto 14s. Sydney ditto 25s. She Auk 10s. Of. To 12s. Of. Gum 7s. Of. To 9s. 6d. Lulling per 100, 5s. Of. To of. Go. Sawn 100feet, To . Shingles per 1,000,5b. 6d. To is. 6d. Luths ditto 4s.-oj. To 4s. Of. Launceston wheat remains at Nur last quotations 9s. 6d. To to per Bushel and very Little doing a incest ii exam Ner. Mf$�0 and to Smania Iri Hobart town october 3, 1851. S1r.w1lliam Denison and transportation. The friends of the Colony at Home Fri correspondents Here constantly say that to the representations of sir w. Denison we Are indebted to the continuance of transportation the expressed wishes of the people. I he recent Publica Tion of his excellency s despatches con firms this. Sir William Denison tells Earl Grey that the opposition of the people does not arise from their hatred to the system itself but to the Mode in which it is carried out. They have no moral conviction in fact on the subject self byte res lies at the Bottom of All their proceedings the Only question with him is the amount of the Bride which Shull be offered to the colonists. Winn Steps can to taken to Appen to the interests of the settlers thetis the question. What bribe can be proposed to the re others who sent Horne petition a the Queen to induce them u connive at the possible contamination of their children ? his excellency is fruitful in suggestions but the time has passed away for their adoption. In 1847 it was considered by sir William Denison a " breach of Faith to carry out the very alterations which in 1850 he thinks it Pru Dent and Desiray e to make. The advertiser in that courtly language for which it is remarkable Calls his excellency a " hard headed the advertiser is not often Happy in its epithets but every one will admit the justness of this expression. We Hope so gracious a compliment will be duly i appreciated. This " hard headed Man thinks proper to inform the British minister that in the abstract which looks like something and Means nothing transportation is productive of Many grave evils that the whole of the colonists in this hemisphere Are " Drunken and debauched these vices prevail loan extent hardly conceivable. Bad As Van Dierzen s land is her Neighbours have nothing to boast of. In fact the whole of us Are in a most degraded state. To remedy our condition he proposes that the whole of the convicts of the Empire should be poured into Van pie men s land and he pledges himself to draft them off As speedily is possible to Victoria Adelaide and new South Wales. We apprehend that the Legislatures of these colonies will enter their protest against this proposal and that they will not Letof with impunity the author of this absurd and wicked proposition. We Trust the neighbouring colonies will evince their unmitigated distrust and indignation at the governor of this Island who looks upon them merely with a View to accomplish the nefarious designs of the British ministry and is prepared to sacrifice their character and morality at the shrine of British interests. In no other Colony could a governor act As sir William Denison has done without loss of office and though Vandiemen s land is weak and divided and incapable of resenting the insult we Trust the neighbouring colonies who have so often evinced their liberality and Friendly feeling will Cometo our Rescue and vindicate i the reputation of Australia against the slanders of sir Wil in Denison. Swfit Pfaff . Poitr or no naut town Annivas. Soptei mgr 29_i.a by it sch. Bri Intine l18 Tom White from Batavia,.sailed 17th August with a gun ral cargo. October is Maceio brie 186 Toris Drewett. From Hong Kong with a cargo of Toa. Passen per or. H. D. Cartwright. Sailor on the 12th Jill. T october 1st Osprey Soh nor 149 tons. Greg from Singapore. Batavia with a cargo of Sag ban Francisco for tin port i out Iho end of july. Mid. " a barque is signalled bearing Westward. One of the passengers of Tho Shamrock died when the vessel was cruising the Straits and Sho brought up at the West Hunter Island where the body was interred. The Captain of the Mary Jano reports having rup plied provisions to the Ite Hooner Rebecca bound from Sidney to Melbourne on the 31st Ultimo at Anchor under Rabbit advertiser ? Tho ago Ina we regret to learn that a letter received from London communicates intelligence of the loss of Captain Robert volum of the Agatina to waa washed overboard on the passage to England. City election. I t. D. Chapman esq., Fob Hobarton. I i a Public meeting of Tho friends and supporters of this gentleman assembled on monday evening agreeably to invitation within the Royal Albert theatre. The House was crowded to excess and or rout elected to the chair by acclamation. I in opening the business of the evening he spoke to the following effect _ gentlemen a new Era is dawning Over our history and we Are about to exercise our rights As British citizens in sending a member to Tho new legislative Council. Or Chapman has met his friends in different parts of the town and i Aro Happy to say to has Mot with Largo numbers who Havo seemed strenuous in his favor and de. Tor mined that he should be elected. He has appeared before you to night in the boo that he May meet with the same enthusiastic reception he has received elsewhere. Cheers Independence is the motto of an englishman i at the elections at Homo to hear them cry out for Independent candidates and if we Havo no Independent candidate in this Island i feel Tho utmost con i Den co Oji Ufir or Chapman is that Man i Chear hear gentlemen it is most important that to should Seo our rights protected. Every elector gentleman has � private right to attend to As Well As Public duty. Or. Chapman will to night avow what his principles Are and he will explain the course he is determined to pursue. What he has hitherto expressed has met with the highest approbation and i Hope gentlemen when you go away from this meeting you will re Tiro with a Resolution to elect air. Chapman and when you Como to the poll give a plumper for him i loud cheers 1 now Call upon or. Harris to report Progress. Or. Harris gentlemen the chairman has stated the object of or. Chapman in meeting you to night is to explain Bis views and Ementi ments on those questions which at present inter est All. And agitate so Many anti its he intends to do for the purpose of establishing the Confidence of his friends and support cars in Bis opinions. I will however state what has been done hitherto to secure his election. Committee meet ing have been held and the strongest assurances of support have Bein Given to or. Chapman. Those who Are averse to his election being aware of this have made use of every Means they could devise by falsehood and otherwise if possible to prevent his return but after you have heard or. Chapman i feel assured that your Confidence if Over shaken will be renewed and that your manifestation of approval will exceed All he has hitherto met with. Loud cries of hear hear and cheers with a View of explaining himself meetings have been held at Dif Ferent parts of the town when or. Chapman has plainly and cup richly placed before4lio electors what his opinions ure and he is now Here to re peat these sentiments and i have no doubt will Tell you that if any of you desire to question him upon any Point to is prepared and willing to answer. Hear hear at All the meetings to which i have adverted end which have passed off in Tho Buist possible manner the support Given to or. Chapman has been of the Mont encouraging description. So far As the revision of the lists went at the court the other , i will toll Whoso Juho really feel interested in bringing or. Chapman to the poll that As Many votes were proved for or. Chapman alone As or the other two i candidates put together1 loud cries of hear hear and Bravo 1 with regard to the objections a few we Roholl chairman or. Chapman will now address you. Or. Chapman advanced amid peal of applause which lasted for several minute. Upon the cheers subsiding be spoke a follows Gen to lenten and electors of Hobart town it is with i extreme pleasure i meet you this evening with the View of giving expression to my sentiments. You Are All aware that Early in the month of february on the arrival of the Bill for the better govern ment of these colonies i had the honour of receiving a requisition numerous by and highly respectably signed by the electors of this City. This requisition has been published in the newspapers and no doubt read by most of you but i think it will not be out of place to recur to it in testimony of the Confidence reposed in my integrity and the general consistency of my Public character by my fellow colonists. The gentlemen who presented me with the requisition stated " they had full Confidence in the consistency of my Public con duct and character in a firm belief that my experience would enable to faithfully and efficiently to discharge the duties of so important a i need not assure you that i Felt highly flattened by this requisition and 1 will yield to no Man in a desire to promote the interests of my adopted country. Hear hear i thought in replying to the requisition i ought to explain my views on the leading questions of the Day and i did so with what result will hereafter be shown. I have visited the electors of the different sections of Hobart town during the past week and i have been most favourably received while in the can Vass of my numerous friends their exertions have been most successful and i do not doubt but that i shall be placed at the head of the poll. The electors having placed me in this conspicuous position i now appear before you with a View of explaining my sentiments More fully. We have received a great Boon in the shape of an act for the better government of the australian colonies but i think that the act is very defective although it is to All intents and purposes a great improvement on the Huskisson act under which we have been hitherto governed. In the first place we Are left with an executive Council without any response. Ability to the House of Assembly. Now i will state what i mean by responsibility. I mean this. You arc aware that the advisers of his excellency the lieutenant governor Are responsible to. The Secretary of state. That the Colony is still to i be governed by lieutenant governo Randyn exec. Tive Council consisting of the senior officer of j the land forces the colonial Secretary the chief police magistrate and the colonial treasurer with. Out responsibility. I have nothing whatever to do with the private characters of these gentlemen j which Are As Good As i should wish those of any i body of citizens to be but it is not a proper form i of government when the advisers of his Excel Lency Are not responsible to the House of As Sembly and i fearlessly contend that the exec. J Tive Council should be responsible to the representatives of the people. Cheers i say this be cause it is one of the principles of the British Constitution. It is a principle which has been con. Ceded to the inhabitants of the North Ameri can colonies and it is one which ought to be con ceded to the inhabitants of this country. Loud cheers the effect of having an executive coun cil responsible to the House of Assembly would be this there would never be any measures forced on the people which were not in accordance with their opinions. I will Call your attention gentle men to a few remarks made by another Candi Date. Or. Young is reported to have said on wednesday evening that he considered and he would maintain that the new Bill is framed strictly on the principles of the British Constitution and that it will prove a most beneficial act i now gentlemen or. Young is a lawyer and he has been seven and Twenty years in the Colony 1 i have not a single word to say against him As a private gentleman but when he comes to solicit your Suffrages As a lawyer i certainly think that lie ought to have shown himself More conversant with constitutional Law. Hear hear and laugh Ter i contend that the act is not in accordance with the principles of the British Constitution j although or. Young states it is All that could be j desired and be says he Speaks on the Best authority. Or. Young in his address states that every Man must know no member of the House of commons can introduce a Money Bill. Surely or. Young must know that the Chancellor of exchequer the it Lance minister always holds & seat in the House of commons and submits the Finan Cial measures of Tho government to the consideration of its member Sand any private member can move an amendment and should he succeed the ministry of the Day must yield to the decisions of the House or resign their places and make Way for a new ministry who May have its Confidence. Now what i wish to see in Van Diemon s land is an executive Council nominated by the Crown who shall be the advisers of his excellency but responsible to the House of Assembly remaining in office Only while they retain the Confidence of a majority of the representatives of the people. By this Means we should soon find that the executive government would govern according to the wishes and interests of the people and those measures Only would be introduced or passed that were in accordance with the opinions of a majority of the House of Assembly. By this Means should a vote of the Assembly go up to the lieutenant governor to introduce any particular measure the executive Council being responsible would at once say your excellency this address was passed by a respectable majority in the House of Assembly. We advise Vou to introduce such a Mea sure into the representative " with this advice the governor would introduce the measure and when writing to the Secretary of state he would say my executive advise me to do at present they Are the Mere creatures of his will and the shield of his unconstitutional Power. Let the executive be Independent of his influence and we shall have a Good government in future instead of a bad one. Loud cheers this would he what i should consider Good government and if elected it will be my aim to endeavour to obtain it for you. Loud cheers in my reply to the requisition lists i stated that in their efforts to re deem this country from social Thra Dom i have Ever been their associate. I have for the last seven years taken an Active part in endeavouring to obtain free institutions and the abolition of transportation. Gentlemen the time will shortly i arrive when you will be called upon to elect your representatives. The transportation question gentlemen is still unsettled the question which has so much agitated this Community for the last five or six years. It has you Are aware been lately brought before parliament but such was the contempt with which the Bri ish parliament treated it that when it was brought before them the House was counted out. I Lind therefore that the question rests mainly with the colonists of Vandiemen s land and it remains for you to decide whether sixteen honest and True men shall go to the representative Assembly of Van die men s land. You have the selection of the Mem Bers in your hands. On this question i beg that there May be no mistake. I go the " whole no half measures. Loud cheers. The time has arrived gentlemen when transportation must i cease for upon its cessation depends the welfare of our children the interest of the Eman Capist and the Protection of the free labourer. Or. Young is reported to have said " if to saw transportation could be dispensed with he would say at once bring it to a speedy extermination. Gentlemen these Are not the sentiments of an anti transport Tati Onist. He Means " you May have transportation for my time and after that get rid of it if you now we have 25,000 children re siding in Vandiemen s land according to the last census. Besides this there Are a Large num Ber of Labouring hands in the Colony who with the children already mentioned and the men be coming free daily will be quite sufficient to Supply our labour Market. Hear hear i do not doubt this in the least. I am of opinion the Farmer will find plenty of labourers to get in his Harvest and that the Public works will not want for workmen. It will be the duty of the legislative Assembly to see if the Price of labour becomes too High that a free and wholesome system of emigration be introduced out of the proceeds of the land fund and with an importation of honest and industrious labourers we would cry. Quits with the Home government and with our own energies and our own resources become a free Happy flourishing and contented people. Loud cheers the result of the forthcoming election will in All probability Settle the question. Gentlemen i come before you a an Independent colonist to solicit the Duff Rogess of Hobart town and if elected t shall go into the j House of Assembly As an Independent member determined to do my duty on this As on every other question to the Best of my ability and with a View to Advance the interests of this country. Loud cheers which lasted some time in reply to the requisition which i had the Honor of receiving i stated As a merchant of this City i was not Likely to Overlook its commercial interests and if elected i would concur in All measures calculated to bring under the a Vission of the legislative the financial affairs of the Colony. During the past seven years gentlemen the finances of the Colony have been in a disorganised state and it will be the duty of the members of the House of Assembly to place these finances in a proper Busi Ness like manner. A debt of ,�60,000 is now duo to the British government and in a despatch which has been published there is a demand made upon the colonial Treasury to the amount of �5,000 a year for its payment to be paid from the colonial Chest before any other funds Are expended i the lieutenant governor i am Happy to any agrees with the colonists in saying it is a debt which they ought not to pay. It is due to sir William Denison to state this and that he has used his Best efforts in bringing this question under the favourable consideration of the British government. Hear hear gentlemen it will be the duty of your representatives to refuse the payment of this iniquitous charge. I have stated also that the question of establishing a just relation in All official departments of the Colony would also have my attention should i be elected. On that Point it is unnecessary for me to say More than that i am delirious that every officer employed by the colonial government should be paid a fair salary for the work he performs. I think that it is Only As just As it is desirable that the officers of the government should receive fair salaries for the i work which they perform. It will be the duty i of your representatives to attend to this question with a due regard to Economy and the emergencies of the Public service. It is however absurd to see officers receiving �800 to �1000 per annul for certain situations wherein the clerks discharge their duties at �150. I therefore think there should be a Little More equalising of the the next question that i think it is desirable to touch upon is the 15 per cent and Valorme duties. Hear hear having carried on a Large Trade for the last ten years in this Colony i believe myself to be somewhat compe tent to Deal with this Point. I am thoroughly acquainted with its working and i would wish to see the Tariff placed on a footing at once fair just and equitable. What says or. Young upon this question ? perhaps it is excusable that he should make some blunders be being a lawyer and not a 1 merchant. Laughter As a lawyer i have Ven j tured to assert that he is not a constitutional one and dealing with mercantile affairs i will now Shew j you he is completely wrong. Or. Young is reported to have said with respect to the 15 per cent duties i " we All knew the great noise that had been made about the 15 per cent inter colonial duties. Sut he had made enquiry and he had found from information that when the act comes to be Recti j fied the duty under any new act will in All pro i ability be As Large As the duty exacted under the present and Valorme principle. Hear he had got this information from the Best authority and he believed conscientiously that taking one Arti Cle with another the duty exacted under .the-15 per cent and Vla Orem duty has never amounted to above five per cent take a ton of sugar. The duty in this instance has been levied according to the original invoice Price with a certain per Cen Tage on it which with reference to the Sale Price Here has not amounted to More than five per now gentlemen " he got this information from the Best authority and he believed if or. Young were Here i would ask him what he Means by " the Best i suppose he alludes to the lieutenant governor or the collector of Cus Toms or he May mean perhaps the colonial treasurer. But i will Tell you my experience is a merchant and one who has paid the duties. I Tell you that Tho the duty levied on the manufactured articles from new South Wales is in Many cases 15 per cent., and about As three tidies As much As that stated by i. Young. 1 will Jive a instance. Some few months ago a Friend in Sydney sent me an order for some flour and took a walk round the streets of Sydney to see what he could Send to Van Dimmen s land Likely to meet with a profitable Market. He found Sydney soap Selling at �20 a ton and he purchased a Quantity at that Price. The soap arrived at Hobart town was entered at the customs and the duty levied upon it was 60s. Per ton. That on a valuation of �20 is exactly 15 per cent 1 or. Young says it is Only 5 i and therefore when he says he got his information on the Best authority i would ask him who this authority is ? another Case is that i am now going to mention a manufacturer of refined sugar in Sydney connected with a sugar company there determined to Send some to this co Lony. On its arrival i had to pay �55 duty and wharfage on 25 tons of refined sugar. That was certainly not 15 per cent on the valuation but it was nearly 10 per cent i have closely watched the effect of these duties on the Trade of the neighbouring colonies for some time past and i am perfectly satisfied that it will be the interest of Yan die men s land to have the 15 per cent Tariff repealed. I am sure that Vandiemen s land is Likely to Prosper by having free Trade Between the australian colonies for Vandiemen s land will derive a considerable Benefit from the fact of a very Laige portion of the ship Ping employed in this Trade belonging to this town i shall therefore endeavour to establish free Trade Between the australian colonies. Hear hear and loud and continued cheers it will also be. My endeavour not to neglect the other general interests of the Colony. It will be my duty to see that every Branch of Industry receives encourage ment at the hands of the legislature. Hear hear i will no w Call your attention to the fact that under the 22nd Section of the new act the lieutenant governor is empowered to Divide Vandiemen s land into districts for local government. Now it has been whispered that a District Council will be formed for the local government of Hobart town. It is quite possible that the lieutenant governor with the experience he has had of four or five years will be Able to pick out a numer of commissioners who will do the duty required of them entirely to his satisfaction. But i think there is something More due to the inhabitants of Hobart town that commissioners should not be nominated by the Crown but that we should have the same municipal rights As the towns in England i and enjoy the same institutions As the inhabitants of Adelaide Sydney and port Phillip. I mean i the advantages of corporate municipal institutions. It is possible perhaps that a mayor and corporation May not be the Best style of government for a people but As they have Bee found to work tolerably Well at Home i think it is Only a duty which we owe to our children to see the same institution i established Here. I will not consent to any Bill for the government of this town under commissioners Bear hear and i Hope that the citizens will demand municipal institution and Call on their representatives to see that they have them with All their rights and privileges As in the Mother country. It is i think desirable that we should have a mayor and corporation for the local government of this City. One great advantage would be derived from it if no other in that by having a mayor who would preside Over the City As its chief magistrate we should shortly be Able to get rid of Many of those evils which now exist in our police department. I hold it to be due to us As englishmen that the police of this town should be purged it should be remodelled and no Man should be employed of a Constable who is not free. Deafening cheers i Hope you All agree with me on this question and from the enthusiastic manner of your approbation on this subject i Hope you will insist upon this principle being carried out by your representatives but you must look Nell around you and see if the individuals whom you Send to the Assembly Are prepared to advocate it. Cheers there Ore other questions gentlemen which will be brought before the Assembly deeply affecting the inhabitants of this Colony. One in particular is the revision of the. Jury Laws. The free inhabitants of this town have found that their attendance in the supreme court has been and still is most Burthen some to them i but if the British government deem fit to encourage transportation for twelve months Moro i Hope the pc Plu will demand a repeal and revision of the jury Law. Send their Orion finals Here they should find a jury to try them it is Loo much of a joke that they should take up the valuable Terai of our free inhabitants in trying their criminals. It will he our duty Only to sit As jurors on the trial of Freo men there Are several other questions which i might touch upon one for instance with respect to the duties on spirits. You Aro aware that foreign spirit duties in this Colony Are 12s. Per gallon in other colonies they Aro Only 6s. Surely there must be something wrong Herel the expenditure of our government must to wrong to demand this exorbitant amount of taxation. It will be your duty to Send Independent men into the As Sembly who Are prepared to go into the Council to advocate any eligible measure for Relief to which As British subjects you Are entitled. Henr hear and cheers during Tho part week i have heard of attacks made upon to in Conse Quence of my connection As president of the australasian league. Now with respect to that league i will not shrink from my share of the responsibility or odium attached to it by those not Friendly to its cause. I Stato broadly and without any reservation i am a Momber of the australasian league for the purpose of prevent ing transportation to these shores and i Hope you will Bear with to for Ono moment while i read the three resolutions on which this leagues based "1st. That they engage not to employ any persons Here after arriving under sentence of transportation for Culmo committed in Europe i2nd. Ali Attlio will Uso All Tho Powers they possess official electoral and legislative to prevent Tho establish ment of English prisons or penal settlements within their Bounds that Thoy will refuse assent to any projects to fact a state tile administration of such penal systems and that they will sock the repeal of All regulations and the removal of All. Establishments for such purposes. And lastly that they solemnly engage with each other to support by their advice their Money and their Counte Nance All who May suffer in the lawful promotion of tills j gentlemen upon these principles i am prepared to stand or fall at the forthcoming contest 1 tre i Mendouse cheering yes gentlemen i am pre pared to stake All upon this most important ques Tion the league i i say also that the principles embodied in these resolutions Are the sound principles of honest men. I contend furthermore i that there is not one word to be said against them. I maintain that they Point out the Best medium for suppressing transportation to these shores. It is possible that some men in advocating the Princi Ples of the league May have used hard words but i am not responsible for them i am responsible for my own words and language Only. Hear hear and cheers i am prepared gentlemen and i repeat it i am prepared to stand or fall by them. Whether i go into the Council or do not i shall still persevere in the cause i have embarked in viz., to prevent transportation to these shores. Why is it i have been abused because the government House party found that i was an inde pendent colonist coming before the constituency of this City to seek their Suffrages and therefore i was slandered by the Hobart town advertiser newspaper. I care not for the vile attacks and malignant libels of that journal. I am Well known among you and i come before you at the request of my fellow citizens and if you approve of my principles i Hope you will not desert me on the 21st of october. Loud and prolonged cheers it has been stated that i am an enemy to the Emancia posts. This i positively deny 1 1 defy any member of this Community to say that i have been an enemy to them or have injured them in any Way. One charge brought against me is this that i have in my capacity of chairman of the High school of Hobart town refused to admit the sons of Emancia posts to that school. Now i hardly need state that this is a most wicked and malicious he. I have had the pleasure of recommending since that school was opened eight sons of Emancia posts into that institution. The question was never raised by me nor by any member of the Council nor by the Council As a body. In establishing that school we had but one object in View the intellectual advancement and moral instruction of the children of this Colony. We thought the establishment of a Good grammar school would be to Aie adva Nung of the Colony a a our Only aim has Iden to elevate the sphere of education. No matter whether a boy was the son of an Eman Capist or whether he was no he had Only to ask any share Holder or member of the committee for an introduction to the school and he would obtain it at once. Being known As the chairman i was appealed to for an introduction and i have recommended every application made to me. Among these applications there were eight children sons of Emancia posts i it is not necessary that i should mention names cries of no no no but i state broadly and you can take my word for it that what i say is the truth. It has Abo been said that i was instrumental in the dismissal of Baker from the institution. Now i hold in my hand a document signed by the members of the committee of that school which or. Harris will read aloud to you Hobart town september 1851. The undersigned members of the Council of the High school of Hobart town certify that w. M. Baker was not at any time appointed to the office of Porter to that institution. Mrs. Baker was an Emigrant passenger in the ship Success which conveyed or. Eccleston and his family to the Colony. On her arrival she found that her husband was without employment in consequence of his master s business having been suspended. She had secured the Good will of or. And mrs. Eccleston during the voyage and at their instance the Council permitted Baker and his wife to occupy a room in the dwelling House designed for the mathematical master until that gentleman should desire to take Possession of it. While or. And mrs. Baker were in the House they were employed by the Rector with the Sanction of the Council to take charge of the school build Ings until the appointment of a Porter and they were paid accordingly. The present Porter was the first and Only Porter employed at the institution. F. Halter r. W. Nott Geo. W. Walker w. Procter. R. Officer Heney Hopkins. That declaration gentlemen will be sufficient to give the lie to the slanders put in circulation with reference to the discharge of Baker. It appears there he was not employed As Porter that he was merely there by Sufferance or but i hold in my hand a letter signed by Baker and i will read a portion of it to you. It is dated 17th october 1850, and contains this passage from none of the Council of the High school have i Ever received any unkindness or this letter is addressed to a person named Gray residing in Argyle Street. But bake addresses another letter to me and he says thanking you for your past kindness i remain your obedient servant William now gentlemen this does not look like a letter from an injured Man i but Gray was making this enquiry to serve some Pur pose of his own and he is told through Baker s letter that from the Council of the High school he has never received any unkindness and in writing to myself he thanks me for All past kind Ness 1 you will hence see that Baker never was employed by the Council and you will see he was grateful for the attention he had received at my hands As chairman. Loud cheers. Gentle men i Bave already touched upon the leading questions agitating the Public mind at the present time and on Many of the questions Likely to occupy the attention of the legislative Assembly when elected. It is however Only right that i should Tell you if i am elected As your representative i Shau endeavour to carry out the pledges which i have made to night to Advance the interests of Vandiemen s land and to promote to the Best of my ability the interests of this Colony and if elected i shall take my seat As unshackled and Independent As any colonist you will find among you. But gentlemen Yon must not expect too much from your representatives. The lieutenant governor has the nomination of eight. The people elect sixteen. It is possible that the whole sixteen May be True to the interest of the Colony. I Hope they will. at least thirteen will be found True and honest to the cause in hand the abolition of transportation to these snores t free Trade to Australia 1-and to those financial measures which May be brought before them with a View to reduce the expenditure of this govern ment. Should i be elected i shall Only be one of the sixteen hut i will pledge myself to this that i will Endeavor to the Best of my ability to Advance the interests of our common country. It in unnecessary for me to detain you longer. I have endeavoured to be As explicit and candid As is consistent with your time. If there Are Here any electors present desirous to put any questions i Hope they will address the chairman and i shall be Happy to reply. I Only Hope that those who have not yep promised their votes will consider Well the principles of the candidates that Are before them for their Suffrages. A Short time will elapse before the elections will take place and As the opportune its May not be frequent for meeting my supporters i have Only to add that i Hope the electors who approve of my sentiments will record their votes in my favour on the 28th of october. It is proposed that my friends and those who approve of my principles should meet at the ship inn and escort him to the hustings on the Day of nomination. Here the candidate retired amid reverberating peals of applause which continued with unabated enthusiasm for several minutes or. Allport next advanced and spoke As follows after Tho very full and satisfactory explanation Given by or. Chapman of his Politi Cal Soati Machts i feel that i can add but Little in support of them but the Point referred to by or. Chapman As the first to be considered i cannot but regard As All important. I mean the Conti nuance or discontinuance of transportation a question which is pressed on our attention from the tins of our rising in Tho morning until to retire to our Beds at night a question on which if we Evor mean to be free and Independent men to should Nevor rest satisfied until the Victory a ours. I Havo not Road or. Young s speech. I Havo had neither Leisure nor inclination to do so but he appears from the passages quoted by or. Chapman to Havo repeatedly referred to Tho highest authority i now i perfectly agree with my Friend air Chapman that or. Young s High est authority must be sir Wiliam Denison i loud laughter but there Are Points on which i also regard sir William As the highest authority. Laughter and i will quote sir William As Well As or. Young. Renewed laughter in the course of saturday evening 27th september i amused myself by Reading Over extracts from Tho " Blu Book rather carefully which contained despatches from the lieutenant governor to Earl Grey and i cannot say whether 1 was most amused by the discrepancies so Manifest in the different parts of Ono and the same despatch or by the occurrence of passages in different Des atches confirming each other. In some of them entirely Accord with the highest authority. I will read some passages which establish beyond question or doubt that or. Chapman s View is a True one and that on the result of this election depends the perpetuation or the cessation of the infamous transportation system. For this Pur pose i quote the High and unquestionable Autho Rity of sir William Denison 1 loud laughter on the 20th August 1847, his excellency was Misora Blo under the delusion that transportation Wab at an end he therefore sought to Mako himself friends of what to no doubt deemed the Mamon of unrighteousness. He feared that he was about to be surrounded by free men and to thought it would be necessary to coax them a Little. The despatch of july 1847, runs thus _ " As however. Her majesty s government Havo decided that transportation is to cease and As that decision is publicly known in the Colony i do not consider that it would be possible or desirable to attempt to carry out the suggestions contained in my despatch no. 83. The feelings of a Largo portion of the Community Are so fully enlisted in the opposition which has been raised to tha convict system Here that any attempt nowt revive the system in any form would to looked upon by them As a breach of Faith and would cause i Bave no doubt feelings of hostility which would to very embarrassing to the it was a reference to this same no. 83 in a recent despatch which Drew my attention to the extract i have read and in that recent despatch bar Williana Donison actually entreats Earl Grey to adopt the very suggestions which he had previously admitted it was neither possible nor desirable to carry out. But in this recent Des Patch which is marked " confidential he says in reference to the opposition of the colonists " an opposition which must sooner or later be effectual As it will act through the medium of the Constitution of the Colony by controlling the action of the government in this sentiment at least the despatch written in 1850 is consistent with that of 1847. Even our Arch enemy is compelled to admit that the govern ment cannot carry on a system opposed to Tho rights the feelings and the wishes of the colonists if they Are United and True to themselves and How Are the feelings and the wishes of the colonists to be ascertained and made known except by the result of the forthcoming election ? and what will our countrymen in England think of us if we Are not True to ourselves now ? what says the London times on this subject. " transportation will accordingly continue till either the Colony is wholly destroyed and the last vestige of civilization is rooted out or till by some system of Active or passive resistance Tho career of oppression be Cut Short. Parliament has Given this much wronged Community Whoso petitions it has uniformly for the last ten years rejected legislature two thirds of which Aro to be elected by the people. What manner of men must these representatives be if meeting together for the first time in the very crisis of their Fate they can apply themselves to Tho transaction of Public business with common temper moderation or patience ? does lord Grey expect to wring from the representatives of a people whom to is driving Forth As outcasts and Vaga Bonds on the face of the Earth a Revenue to main Tain and support that very government which they regard As their destroyer now we May Soe Why Tho advertiser is employed to write Down the league. The reason is obvious. If we can to made to quarrel Over the Bone our enemies will walk it off if Man can beset against Man an class against class the colonists will not be Able to exercise that you tool Over the government which in 1847 and again in 1850 his excellency says cannot be resisted and be Causo it cannot to resisted he seeks to avoid it. He knows that Tho organization of the league is based on pure and Manly principles. He knows that he cannot Stem the current of Public Opi Nion therefore he endeavours by creating Dissen Sions to divert and to evade it. If he could persuade the colonists that every Hasty expression falling fro men in the heat of argument that every mistake in judgment Springs from a fault of the heart and was intended to inflict a wrong to might Hopo to make them quarrel with their Best friends and counteract the exertions of men whose interests Are identical with their own. This and the making of friends who would support him against the True interest of the Colony at the coming election was the real object of his late tour through the Colony. And How did he seek to propitiate the colonists ? by eating his own words 1 but we have All attached far too much importance to alleged slanders on the Colony. Whether by its friends or its enemies. Could All that said or written to its prejudice convey More than the simple statement that in one Small Island All the Crimin is of the greatest empires on Earth Are co looted this stigma once removed i care not for All the lies that All Leaf list authorities on Earth can invent against us. Hear hear and cheers i do not know How Many of you May have perused the despatch to which i have referred but those who have read it will scarcely doubt that sir William Denison and or. Young go the " whole hog for transportation and a beastly animal it is. Laughter or. Young too is As inconsistent As sir William. At one time we have " Young and no transportation 1" then to have " Young and a Modi fied system 1" and what do we hear at last " he would be very glad to Stop transportation if we could do without it 1" sir we Denison says it is the present intention of her majesty s ministers to Send All the prisoners whom it May by necessary to transport from England to Vandiemen land with the exception of a ten who

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