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The Lyttelton Times. August 13, 1853.

Mr. Rowland Davis has retired from contesting Lyttelton for a Seat in the General

Assembly. Rumours to this effect have been circulating for some days past, which Mr. Rowland Davis had the hardihood to " contradict as untrue"; boldly asserting that he had no intention of retiring, but that he would be returned by the " working men" by a " triumphant majority." The working men have now an opportunity of appreciating at their intrinsic value the asseverations of Mr. Davis. We cannot help thinking that the whole affair from the very beginning has been humbug; that Mr. Davis never had any real intention of standing for the Town ; and that he has merely been the convenient warming-pan of Mr. Dampier in whose favour, at the eleventh hour and according to command, he has retired. It is true that there is another solution of the affair, as his chances of success were a trifle below zero from the first; so finding he would be, in sporting phraseology, " no where," should he hazard a contest, he has condescended to endorse the candidature of Mr. Dampier, and make that gentleman his nominee. Under either conclusion the electors of Lyttelton have been treated as simpletons, actuated by no higher object than a slavish subserviency to return any individual whom a certain clique might thrust forward : yesterday it was Mr. Davis; to-day Mr, Dampier; to-mor-row it may be Mr. Loader, or some other elector equally eligible.

There can be iio question that it is an attempt to dictate to the ToWn whom the electors shall return. Mr. Dampier hopes by the aid of a clique (in common parlance, termed free and independent electors), who are completely under the thumb of Mr. Davis and used as he likes, to be returned ; but we are certain that the attempt will be defeated, and that the really independent electors will not consent to have any individual thus peremptorily thrust upon them. We want a straightforward and independent man for a Representative, and not a nominee ; or, what is worse, one who, under the cloak of another, hopes to palm himself on the Constituency.

Almost at the moment of going to press we have received a communication to the effect that the Secretary of State for the Colonies has decided that the Town Site at Akaroa, disposed of by the Canterbury Association as rural land to Settlers, be allowed as such. An official communication has been received by a resident at Akaioa to the following effect:—" In reference t) your letters pointing out the detriment which you allege that you have suffered from the proceedings of the late Agent of the Canterbury Association in laying out and disposing of the Town Site of Akaroa, as rural land, and claiming compensation for such losses, I am now directed by Sir George Grey to acquaint you that having referred your case for the decision of the Secretary of State, His Excellency has received despatches in reply, stating that there appears no ground for the interference of either Her Majesty, or the Local Government, in the matter. (Signed) Alfred Domett, Civil Secretary." The " Penyard Park " brought English news to the 16th April, but of slight interest. On the 7th April, Her Majesty gave birth to a son, and at the latest date both were well. We learn that later news reached Sydney the day the " Penyard Park" left, but no particulars were learnt. The "Penyard Park" was twenty days coming down and lost between 500 aud6oo sheep ; she sighted New Zealand 7 days after leaving Sydney, and met'with baffling winds in Cook's Straits. A press of Addresses necessitates a very brief summaiy

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As the elections are close at hand, we think it desirable to give a synoptical view of the Candidates, the days of nomination, polling, &c, for the Province.. The elections to the General Assembly come off first. The nomination for Lyttelton takes place on Monday next, and the polling on the Wednesday following. Lyttelton returns one member, and the Candidates are —The Superintendant, James Edward Fitz Gerald, Esq. ; and Mr. Christopher Edward Dampier. Christchurch —One Member. Nomination, Tuesday, 16th August; polling Saturday, 20th August. Candidates :—Mr. Henry Sewell, Mr. Charles B. Fooks. Christchurch Country District —-Two Members. Nomination, Tuesday, I6th August ; polling, Saturday, 27th August. Candidates :—Mr. W. G. Brittan, Mr. E. J. Wakefield, Hon. J. Stuart Wortley. Akaroa District —One Member. Nomination, Monday, 22nd August; polling, Wednesday, 24th August. Candidates:—Mr. R. H. Rhodes, Mr. W. S. Moorhouse. FOR THE PROVINCIAL COUNCIL. Lyttelton —Three Members. Nomination, Monday, 29th August; polling, Wednesday, 3lst August. Candidates:—Mr. I. T. Cookson, Mr. J. W. Hamilton, Dr. Donald, Mr. Dampier. Christchurch —Three Members. Nomination, Tuesday, 30th August; polling, Saturday, 3rd Sept. Candidates :—Mr. Porter, Mr, Fooks, Mr. S. Bealey, Mr. Cass, Mr. Dobson, Mr. Packer, Dr. Barker. Christchurch Country District —Four Members. Nomination, Tuesday, 30th August; polling, Saturday, 10th Sept. Candidates: Mr. Tancred, Mr. J. Hall, Mr. C. Bowen, Mr. W. G. Brittan, Captain Simeon, Mr. M. I. Burke. Akaroa District —Two Members. Nomination, Monday, 29th August; polling, Wednesday, 31st August, Candidates :— Rev. W. Aylmer, Mr. R. H. Rhodes, Mr. Tribe, Mr. Moorhouse. We understand that Mr. Perceval and Mr. DOyley have retired.

A Meeting of the Colonists' Society took place on Tuesday evening at the White Hart, for the purpose of considering the qualifications of the various Candidates for the General Assembly. The Meeting was addressed successively by Mr. Sewell, one of the Candidates for the Town of Christchurch, and by Messrs. Stuart Wortley and E. J. Wakefield, two of the Candidates for the Rural district. The views of these gentlemen upon the questions to be brought before the Assembly appeared perfectly satisfactory. Mr. Sewell disclaimed in the clearest way all intention of connecting in any way the Transfer of the Management of the Waste Lands to the Province with the settlement of the Association's claims. Resolutions were passed in favour of. the above named gentlemen, and Committees were respectively appointed to forward their

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To the Editor of the Lyttelton Times Sir, —I was very surprised to hear yesterday afternoon, on authority which can't be questioned, that it is Mr. Davis's intention to retire at the last moment from the contest to represent Lyttelton in the General Assembly, and that Mr. Dampier is to be brought forward in his place. I won't believe that the Electors of Lyttelton will allow themselves to be made fools of in this way; if Mr. Dampier wanted to represent them, why didn't he do so openly and boldly at first, instead of trying to come humbugging in on. Mr. Davis's shoulders, I had intended to vote for Dampier for the Provincial Council, but he may whistle for my vote which I will give now to a more straightforward man. Your humble servant. A Working Man.

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The Lyttelton Times. August 13, 1853., Lyttelton Times, Volume III, Issue 136, 13 August 1853

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The Lyttelton Times. August 13, 1853. Lyttelton Times, Volume III, Issue 136, 13 August 1853

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