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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, Charles B. Fooks. . Christchurch, August 9, 1853. To the Electors of the Town of Christchurch. Gentlemen, T came forward some months ago as a -*- Candidate for the honor of Representing you in the General Assembly of New Zealand, much against my private inclination, in compliance with two Requisitions which I received requesting me to do so. I was aware that there were many gentlemen in the Settlement more able, although none more anxious than myself, to advocate your intrests; but as there was not until recently any other Candidate in the field, I did not think it necessary to solicit your suffrages, but simply held myself bound to place at your disposal whatever services I might be able to render in the General Assembly. I regret that I am compelled to leave the Setlement for a short period jnst at the time when the Elections are coming on ; and especialy that I was unable to attend a Meeting which I am informed took place at the Golden Fleece yesterday, at which Mr. Sewell addresed the electors of Christchurch. I understand that at that Meeting there was an expression of some dissatisfaction that I bad not taken a more active part in canvassing the Electors, and the indication of a general wish to secure the services of another Candidate. Under these circumstances, Gentlemen, I beg to retire from the field, actuated by the same motives which originally induced me to come forward; namely, a sincere desire to consult the public interests as far as it lies in my power to do so. With the assurance that for this purpose you may always command my services, I am, Gentlemen, your obedient servant, J. C. Watts Russell. Lyttelton, August sth. To the Electors of the Town of Christchurch. Gentlemen, "1" BEG to offer myself as a Candidate for -*- the honor of representing you in the General Assembly of New Zealand, now about to be summoned. Having in England, during the passing of your Constitution Act, taken a deep interest in that important measure, it would be to me a source of high satisfaction to be permitted to take part in the proceedings of the first General Assembly under it, and to help in initiating those plans for the future welfare of the Colony to which I believe that measure rightly directed may be made conducive. One point of absorbing interest hangs [on the decision of the Assembly; namely, whether the future controul of the Waste Lands of the Colony shall be Central or Provincial. Ever since I directed my mind to this question, I have been firmly convinced that no system of the management of the Waste Lands can be satisfactory to the Colonists or successful, which] is not in all essential points purely local. The Provinces, each for itself, ought, in my opinion, to regulate the disposal of their own lands, and to administer their own land fund. One of my principal reasons for desiring a seat in the General Assembly is to contribute as far as lies in my power to that object. The first meeting will probably determine this question. j The period of my residence in this colony is necessarily uncertain, but I cannot doubt that, should you return me as your Representative, I shall at all events be enabled to fulfil my duties during the first session of the Assembly. I have the honour to remain, Gentlemen, Your very faithful servant, Henry Sewell.

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Page 5 Advertisements Column 2, Lyttelton Times, Volume III, Issue 136, 13 August 1853

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