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TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —In a letter which appeared in your issue of the 16th instant, signed “0. Percy Cox,” which, by-the-way, is *emarkable for its grammatical accuracy of composition, that gentleman, in supporting the proposals made by him to the Borough Council to undertake the formation of certain roads adjacent to the South-east Belt off their hands, in order to obtain earth for another purpose, has again taken the opportunity of venting his spleen upon myself. He stigmatises my conduct in the Council as being oppos d to everything practical or useful, and also very generously tells me, by innuendo, that I am deficient of brains. Sir, allow me to inform Mr Cox that ! have been several times elected by my fellow-townsmen to ’ represent them in various public bodies, and that I feel certain 1 still retain their confidence. Since my residence here any works that I have supported in the Council have, 1 believe,

given satisfaction to my constituents gene—rally ; and in reference to other business ia which I have myself alone to please, I can say that lam perfectly satisfied. Can Mr Percy Cos show as successful, unbroken, and honorable a record of his past career as that which I feel certain will bo accorded to me by those amongst whom it has been my privilege to reside for a considerable number of years 1 The reply to this question may possibly be regarded as a test as to the relative amount of brain power possessed and brought into practical' operation by that theoretical gentleman as compared with the unpretentious efforts of your humble correspondent. 1 will not take the responsibility of misquoting Samuel Johnson, as It appears Mr Cox has chosen to do, but ' Would venture to reconjmend him to study English classics and' the drama more attentively, with the view of appreciating that well-known play of “ O’Callaghan on his Last Legs.”—l am, etc., • : Georg® St. Hill. Burnett street, Nov. 20.

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MR ST. HILL IS REPLY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 797, 20 November 1882

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MR ST. HILL IS REPLY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 797, 20 November 1882

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