A deputation of citizonß—amongst them being Messrs R. Wilson, D. Heenan, C. S. Reeves, and J. T. Mackerras—waited on Mr John Roberts this forenoon for the purpose of requesting that gentleman to allow himself to be nominated for the position of Mayor of the City for the ensuing period, 1889 90. Mr Robert Wilson introduced the deputation, and in the course of his remarks stated that there was a very general feeling amongst the citizens that it would be highly desirable and appropriate for Mr Roberts as president—and a very good president, too—of the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition to occupy the position of Mayor of the City during the next term ; and from what ho could learn he believed the gentlemen who intend offering themselves for election for the office would not do so if Mr Roberts agreed to come forward. In conclusion, he might say that, if it was thought at all necessary, that deputation might have numbered at least one hundred electors.
Mr Roberts, in reply, said that he thanked the gentlemen forming the deputation for the trouble they had taken, and he would esteein the honor highly to be chosen mayor of the City, but he would only consent to be nominated on the condition that the gentlemen already before the citizens for the mayoral office would be willing to withdraw their candidature, and that the City councillors as a whole would favor his coming forward; but he would not agree to be nominated if there was any opposition. Mr Reeves suggested that the best course to adopt would be to dpaw up a requisition to Mr Roberts, and obtain the signatures of tho present candidates for the office and the City councillors, together with other citizens. Mr Roberts acquieiced in this, after which the deputation withdrew. Afterwards the same gentlemen waited on Mr Dawson and Mr Sinclair, and both these gentlemen at once agreed to withdraw and give Mr Roberts their hearty Bupporr.
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THE MAYORALTY., Evening Star, Issue 8005, 6 September 1889
THE MAYORALTY. Evening Star, Issue 8005, 6 September 1889
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