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To the Editor.

Sir, — Mr Gilmour, in your last issue, has attempted to contradict my letter to your paper of a few evenings ago, and also to cast an amount of ridicule on the stand I have taken with regard to my endeavor to show the public the truthful side of the question in reference to what was said at the Ashton meeting, and reported by the Ashburton Mail. In Mr Gilmonr’s letter , to Mr launders 1 find the following, which was the basis of my previous letter to The Guardian Ashton, April 17th, 1882 A. Saunders, Esq. Dear Sir, — Yours received with thanks ; You not only said nothing of the sort at- , tributed to you in that article, but you / said nothing that could possibly be mistaken for it. All those coarse expressions about the Judge are entirely the writer’s < own invention, as you said not one wore : j about either meat or drink.” .... Now, Sir, to follow this up I would ask - you to look at Mr Gilmour’s letter in r: answer to mine, and then compare it with the above. These are Mr Gilmour’s words (as he says Mr Saunders made use of at Ashton):—“ Speaking in reply to a ■ question put by Mr Williams respecting bis imprisonment, Mr Saunders said that his case had been surrounded by many untoward circumstances. On the Judge’s arrival in Nelson, just previous to his trial, he had happened to dine, morning and evening, with two gentlemen, both of . whom he (Mr Saunders) had previously displeased, and who he knew were rather bitter against him. Ho mentioned this because such company would certainly strive to prejudice his case.” The Mail record states that Mr Saunders said the Judge was in very bad company, and consequently, no doubt, well informed on one aide of the case before the trial com- • menced, which is true, and which everyone present can vouch for, with the exception of Mr Gilmour. Mark the comparison : First Mr Gilmour states that Mr Saunders does not say one word about 1 meat and drink ; and in the second instance this honorable Ashton gentleman acknowledges the truth of Mr Saund era having said so. With regard to the leading article, I presume it is a comment on < the Mail report, that report, as I have previously said, being quite accurate. V Perhaps I have taken the sense of Mr v, ■ Gilmour’s expression wrongfully, as that • "gentleman says Mr Saunders dined and breakfasted without an allusion to meat and drink. But I should very much like to know how a man can dine and breakfast without having meat and drink. Per- ■ baps Mr Gilmour might tell me, as lam a poor man and the wrinkle would he of great service in maintaining my family ? • I cannot enter into the language that Mr Gilmour does in his letter of the 11th, it - not being in my line, as my training has . not been of the noble and exalted characs - -ter of the Ashton “ Monarch of all I survey " (excuse the quotation), and I am sure your leaders will pardon me for not being . able to launch out in the gentlemanly manner that Mr Gilmour does. Both Mr Sauirders’ speech at Ashton and Mr Gilmour’s letter are beyond my power of criticism. As far ns James Croy coming out with an -- - erroneous and false contradiction, I must say that what I have written is tho truth, but still, I am not prepared to hack my humble opinion against such an honorable • K , gentleman as Mr Gilmour, as it would be futile, seeing that the estimable qualities ,tbatgenueroah are well appiecialed by \ * the Press. Mr Saunders, the electors, apd his neigJi^i^i)P^^,itwould-be to

that would cast any reflection on the veracity of Mr Gilmour.—l am, etc., Ashton, May 12. Jambs Croy. [This correspondence must now close,— Ed. (?.]

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THE ASHTON MEETING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 635, 13 May 1882

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THE ASHTON MEETING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 635, 13 May 1882

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