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AN EXPLANATION.

TO THB EDITOB. Sir,—l see in your last issue an account of a petition from me presented by Sir George Grey to the Legislature, praying that no rent may be charged on the section which I waß compelled to reclaim from the sea, on account of it and the surrounding land being one mass of filth. I would ask you to kindly publish the text of the petition. I once asked the member for Dunedin South to consider the matter, but he pounced upon me like a dog. That is the reason that I sent the history of the case to Sir G. Grey and asked his assistance.— I am, etc., William Jenkins. Dunedin, August 17.

To the Honorab'e the Speaker and Gentlemen of the Houao cf Representatives. Gentlemen, —I humbly approach you with the following prayer:— l hit you will cause to bo inserted in the Otago Harbor Board's Act a clause preventing tho said Board from charging rre rental upon section 41, block 1, Wharves and Quays Reserves — namely, upon the land, as I was compelled <o reclaim it from the ocean at mv own cost, as the said Board refused to indemnify me for the reclamation of it. When I leased the said section from the Corporation, 'tho annual rental was L 6 per antum. Tho Harbor Board, having become possessed of this said block of land, they ro?e the rent to L3O per annum, and refused to give mo any compensation, I having been compelled to reclaim this land on Banitary gr. unds. Gt-nt'e-mfn. I can assure you, as a colonist of over thirty-five Tears, this is the most cruel treatment that I have ever experienced ia all my life; and I havn approached tho Board, but can get ro redresß whatever from the inner combination of tho Otago Harbor Board. Iho lawyers all tell mo that my only course is to appeal to you upen the subjects Gentlemen, it now lies with you to do me this one simple act of justice—namely, to prevent them charging me rent on my own improvements, as I have a large family to bring up and have labored for every pound that I_ spent in reclaiming the said section. I think it a great hardship to be oomptlled to pay rent on the land, as I only leased the water, the said section bein? covered at high water \ihen I leased it. And your petitioner, etc. William Jenkins, Shipwright and Mariner.

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AN EXPLANATION., Issue 7992, 22 August 1889

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AN EXPLANATION. Issue 7992, 22 August 1889

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