Our Wellington news date to the 14th inst. H. M. schooner "Bramble," 6 guns, Lieut. Pollard, proceeded to the East Coast on the 12th May, to pick up the wreck of the Govern-
ment schooner " Albert," which was lost there some time since, while on a surveying' expedition. The " Bramble," in getting under weigh, ran on the mud bank off Pipitea Point. The "Acheron," as soon as the steam could be got up, was taken to her assistance; but as the tide had ebbed in the interval, her efforts to drag the v Bramble" off were ineffectual, until the return of tide, when she glided off with very little difficulty, and without damage. H. M. ships "Havannah" and "Fly" left Wellington on the same day, for Auckland. The " Havannah " will proceed to Sydney, after a short stay at the latter port. H. M. steamer " Acheron " left the same evening, for Sydney, to call at Taranaki, but it is uncertain whether she will return to Wellington or not.
The " Salopian" was advertised to leave for Port Cooper on the 17th inst.
On the 12th inst., a deputation of the HuU settlers waited upon his Excellency the Gover-nor-in-chief, to present the resolutions passed at a public meeting, held at the Aglionby Arms, on the Bth inst., for the purpose of obtaining a new Fencing Ordinance, in place of the present defective one. The deputation was received by his Excellency with his usual courtesy. The. resolutions having been read, his Excellency replied nearly as follows :—That if it was the desire of the Hutt settlers that these resolutions should become law, he had no objection to offer to them; but would hand them over to the Attorney General to draft a Bill for a new Ordinance. The deputation then bronght under his Excellency's notice, the present oppressive state of the Slaughter House Ordinance, with a view to its entire revocation. His Excellency and the deputation had then a long and interesting conversation (originating with his Excellency) on the expediency of forming the Hutt district into a Municipal Corporation, giving them the power of making Bye Laws for their guidance, and investing them with one third of the proceeds arising from the sale or letting of any unsurveyed lands now lying in the District. The roads of the District were then spoken of, (in consequence of the new survey) but nothing definite can be said of them. The deputation engaged to convene a public meeting to take this subject into consideration We understand, says the Independent, that Mr. Swainson will continue to give his assistance to the scientific objects of the survey of these Islands, so ably conducted by Captain Stokes, up to the latest period, for. which purpose Mr. Swainson proceeds to Sydney in the " Acheron." The correspondent of the Wellington Independent at Taita, thus writes :— "Little of local interest has occurred since last I wrote to you; every one who has wheat is busy thrashing. Those who can spare time are burning off, the wind and weather have been favourable for that lately, the weather is mild during the day, but the mornings and evenings have been bitterly cold, accompanied the last few mornings by a white frost. We had a maori feast up here, to which Rangihaeta and his tribe were invited. The old chief sent the maories in this quarter a letter, to this effect, " That.he was too old to come so far" but hinting pretty broadly, l'lhat they might send his thare round in a ship." It was a very poor affair. Several parties came from town to see it but were disappointed, as were many in this neighbourhood. A report reached here upon good authority yesterday evening, that the skeleton of-a human being had been found in the Wairarapa, about two miles past Mr. Barling's station. A great many surmises and guesses, as to who the unfortunate individual may have been, have of course been made, but as yet it Remains uncertain, although many think that the remains are those of a young man named Mackay, a Scotchman, who was lost a considerable time ago—neither himself nor dog having been heard of since; my informant is up to Wairarapa to-day, and on his return, I will acquaint you with further particulars." Another correspondent of the same paper, at Wanganui, writes, " Our Eesident Magistrate Mr. Hamilton, is about leaving us, having received an.appointment at Port Cooper, he is to be succeeded by Major Durie; although Mr. H. has only been six months here, yet, during that time, he has gained, by his affable deportment and strict impartiality in the few cases that were adjudged by him, the respect and esteem of all classes in the community, many of whom regret his leaving the settlement,"
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WELLINGTON., Lyttelton Times, Volume I, Issue 20, 24 May 1851
WELLINGTON. Lyttelton Times, Volume I, Issue 20, 24 May 1851
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