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MEMORIAL OF MERCHANTS, TRADESMEN, AND OTHERS.

To His Excellency Colonel Thomas Gore Brown i:, Companion of the most honorable order oi" tlio Bath, Governor and Coimniindei'-in-elricf in and over Her Majesty's Colony of New Zealand, and ViceAdmiral of the same, &c, &.c.

The humble memorial of the undersigned merchants, traders, and residents of and in Wellington, in tho Province of Wellington, IN'cw Zealand, Humbly Shcweth, — That your memorialists have read with much regret, in a letter addressed by your Excellency to the Colonial Secretary of the Province of Victoria, your Excellency's desire that Auckland shall be made the port of the delivery of Mails for the whole of New Zealand. That as this arrangement, if earned out, will entirely deprive the community here of any advantage from the postal arrangements made by the English Government, your memorialists respectfully but earnestly protest against the Mails for this port heing sent to Auckland, and pray that your Excellency will be pleased to diix'ct that if no arrangements can be made for the transmission of Mails from Melbourne direct, that they may be forwarded to Sydney, to be sent on from thence as at present by the earliest opportunit}'. And your memorialists, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.

The Canterbury, Jane Peata, Hastings, and Dart have followed one another in rapid succession from Port Nicholson. There is not much news. The markets are reported still dull, but with some symptoms of improvement. Mr. Revans, the Government candidate lor Mr. Ludlam's seat at the Hutt, was successful by a considerable majority over Mr. G. Hart. This will add to the E. Party at the next session of the Assembly. The following extracts are from the latest papers-1.

Hutt Election.—The nomination took place on Wednesday, at the Mechanics' Institute. Mr. M'Ewen proposed and Mr. Lansdale seconded Mr. Revans as a fit and proper person to represent them in the General Assembly. Mr. Xiudlam proposed,and Mr.jMaybey seconded Mr. George Hart. Both candidates briefly addressed the electors, reiterating the arguments used at the late public meeting. A show r of hands was taken, which was declared by the Returning Officer to be in favour of Mr. Revans ; a poll was demanded on behalf of Mr. Hart, which took place on Thursday, when Mr. Revans was returned by a majority of 96 to 24. Very few electors were present either at the nomination or declaration of the poll. The Government, no doubt, will consider this election a great triumph ; it will, however, be seen that not two-thirds of the electors polled : and, while we cannot but regret that there was not a better organization of the party opposed to the Government, we can in no way consider it a fair test of the opinion of the Hutt electors, —the Government party have been canvassing for days and even weeks past, not only among the settlers, but also among the Maories, which latter largely swelled Mr. Revans' majority, and we regret to add that we are credibly informed that this election has been disgraced by the introduction, for the first time, into the Hutt elections of open public houses.— Soectator, Nov. 29.

On Thursday eveningl a Concert "was given at the Wellington Athenreum, by the Singing Class under Mr. Holmes' tuition, on the Hullnh system. The room was quite full, and an excellent selection of pieces showed the judgment with which the programme had been arranged. These were executed with good taste and great core, and were received with very general applause, several of the pieces being loudly encored. We congratulate Mr. Holmes on the success which has attended his labours, and which has proved so agreeable a recreation and enjoyment both to the members of his class and to the public at large. The audience on Thursday evening evidently appreciated highly the effort made by himself and those acting with him. and we are persuaded that success will soon have the effect of stimulating the singing class and tluir teacher to renewed exertions. — Ibid. The ship '" Mariner,' Captain leaser, arrived in harbour yesterday morning from London, after a protracted voyage of 102 days. The Mariner left the London Docks on the (sth July, and sailed from Deal on the 14th. Early on her voyage she experienced very boisterous weather, and nearly during the whole of it lias met with strong head winds. Its tedious character was somewhat relieved by her putting into Hobart Town on the 13th instant, sailing from thence with fresh supplies on the itHh. Three births and three deaths occurred during the

voyage; the names of the latter are W. Cunningham Esq. (cabin) Mr, Tryce, (steerage) and one of the infants born on board. 'There are about .seventy passengers, most, of whom are for Wellington, and the remainder for Otago. They speak in high terms of the gentlemanly character and treatment of the Captain, and \v« feel pleasure in recording this, because it has unfortunately happened lately that some of tho vessels arriving from England have afforded a. good deal of litigation between the commander* and their passengers. — Wellington Independent Nov. 2G. The brig Dart from Sydney arrived on Thursday, with the English mails of the oth and 10th August. The iJart was off the heads on Sunday but was driven to the Eastward in the late gales. A copious summary of European news to the ahove dates was given in our paper of the 22nd ; we have however, glanced through our files and publish further items of general interest. We think it due to Mr. Iloggard to remark that the mails which comprised 2.211 letters, and 5,410 newspapers, were received at one o'clock, and delivered on the same day at seven —a celerity most praiseworthy to the Posfe Office officials.— lndependent, Isov. 29.

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MEMORIAL OF MERCHANTS, TRADESMEN, AND OTHERS., Lyttelton Times, Volume VI, Issue 427, 6 December 1856

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MEMORIAL OF MERCHANTS, TRADESMEN, AND OTHERS. Lyttelton Times, Volume VI, Issue 427, 6 December 1856

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