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Tue remaining members of the Executive Council resigned yesterday morning, 90 that the Superintendent is now left without an Executive. Still the public remain wholly in the dark. That unusual proceedings have been going on for the last three weeks and more is abundantly clear ; and that His Honor is personally responsible for much of the rumor that has been going about is equally notorious; but when it comes to enquiring exactly what has really happened, we are left to conjecture. Mr. Bealey tells nothing; Mr. Moorhouse tells nothing. Yet, when we consider the character of all the gentlemen who have recently resigned their seats in the Executive, it is impossible not to augur that they had very good reason for doing what they have done. It is true that Mr. Maude has for some time intended to resign, but his resignation at this crisis is certainly remarkable. Who are the gentlemen that have resigned ? Mr. Wilkin, Mr. Aynsley, Mr. Moorhouse, Mr. Maude, Mr. Williams, and Mr. Cass, have all, one after another, left the present Superintendent. Not one of these persona is in the least likely to have been actuated by pique or by punctilio ; a good substantial reason is the only thing which would have prompted any one of them to leave His Honor in bin present condition, and what that reason is the public must know, and will know. We conjecture that they liavo resigned because Mr. Bealey refuses to do so. But surely matters must have arrived at a pretty pass before such an alternative could have been presented to the members of the Executive. We know that Mr. Bealey professed his intention of resigning, not to one man nor to two, but to a great many ; and the Lyttelion Times assures us it was authorised to state his intended resignation ; but now we find either that the public has been hoaxed, or that his Honor has changed his mind. The latter alternative is the one which we will select. If so, why ? And why should the Executive resign to a man upon the announcement of the change ? Has Mr. Bealey been intimidated by the unfriendly criticisms of the public press ? We give his Honor credit for a greater amount of good sense and moral courage. We are confident that nothing .vhich has appeared in this journal should have frightened any one out of Ins propriety. We cannot suppose that a man who hod for some time entertained the deliberate purpose of resigning his office should be ted to alter that determination in consequence of a few newspaper articles, which, at any rate ifter having carried his determination into effect, it was fully open to him to refute. No, we disbelieve this. There must be some more powerful motive which we know nothing about, and is it innatural to connect this motive with the resignation of the Executive ? We write on pure ;onjecture. We know nothing. Mr. Moorhouse iae not seen fit to respond to our demand for information, but information by one means or mother we mean to hare, and that quickly. As for the future we have not the remotest idea vho the new Executive will consist of; time will nlighteu us, and in the mean while we rest upon iur oars.

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THE RESIGNATION OF THE EXECUTIVE., Press, Volume III, Issue 328, 18 November 1863

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THE RESIGNATION OF THE EXECUTIVE. Press, Volume III, Issue 328, 18 November 1863