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To the Electors of the Christchurch Country District. Genxxemen, AS it is now more than eight months since I first announced to you my intention to become a Candidate for the representation of the Christchurch Country District •in the House of Representatives for New Zealand, I beg to state that my intention remains unchanged. It appears necessary -that I should again lay before you some account of my views and opinions on the principal topics of public importance,, especially on' those which have acquired greater importance during the interval. Having only just arrivedj however, from Wellington, I am compelled to apologise for not so addressing you in this weeks' paper, and to assure you that such an address shall be circulated among you early in the ensuing week. I have the honor to be, Gentlemen, Your most obedient humble servant, E. Jerningham Wakefield. Lyttelton, sth August, 1853. To the Electors of the town of Christchurch. Gentlemen, WHEN so many of your body did- me the honour to request that I would allow myself to be put in nomination as a Candidate for a Seat in the Provincial Council, I did not contemplate another, and so flattering an expression of your confidence, as that I should also represent you in the General Assembly; but the assurances of support have been so generally declared, that I cannot refuse to accede to your wishes ; and if elected as your -Representative, I will endeavour faithfully and zealously to discharge my duty. The most important, indeed the paramount question, which concerns the present and future prosperity of this Province, is the obtaining the management of the Waste Lands by the Provincial Council; but in endeavouring to secure so great a boon, which the Imperial Parliament has desired to confer on us, I should, consider it my duty, if elected your Representative, to protect the Act from being unduly encumbered with imposed liabilities, either on the part of the Government, the New Zealand Company, or the Canterbury Association, by which it might be rendered comparatively, if not completely valueless. The heavy customs' duties with which we are charged require, in my opinion, an immediate and careful revision, with a view to a considerable reduction. The Postal arrangements of the Province are in a most unsatisfactory state, and should be brought under the notice of the Government without delay, in order that they may be placed on such a footing as to meet the requirements of this important and increasing Settlement. An Act for the proper adjustment of Weights and Measures by which our commercial transactions should be guided, appears to me to be highly necessary; to prevent the irresponsible position in which the "buye;- and seller are at present placed. Should you confer on me the honour of being your Representative I shall consider it an obligation ou me to further these important objects ; and also to endeavour to obtain the utmost extension of power to the Provincial Council, as may be consistent ;with the integrity of the Constitution Act, and the permanent interests of the entire colony of New Zealand. I have the honour to be, Gentlemen, Your obedient faithful servant, Chaules B. Fooks. Chrktehurcb, August 3, 1853.

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Page 6 Advertisements Column 1, Lyttelton Times, Volume III, Issue 135, 6 August 1853

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Page 6 Advertisements Column 1 Lyttelton Times, Volume III, Issue 135, 6 August 1853

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