The Southern Cross of the 11th instant, published the following 'extra': — The Governor has received letters from Sydney by this mail, confirming what he
had been told by the last mail, viz. that the Duke of Edinburgh had been unanimously advised by the medical men afr» tendant on him that his health would not permit him to encounter the fatigues of a visit to New Zealand, and that he should go straight to England. H.R.H. writes to the Governor that he long combated this advice, and wishes it to be known, that he deeply regrets being obliged to abaudon his visit to New Zealand on the present occasion, from which he had expected to derive the most sincere gratification. He had looked forward with deep interest to visiting the Maories as well as the Europeans, and fully intended to have earned out the programme which had been submitted to him by the Governor, and which included visits to all the principal places, in both the North and the Middle Island. H.R.IL's letter to the Governor was dated March 21, but reached Auckland only on the 10th of April i the Duke is very desirous that his disappointment at being precluded from visiting them, and his good wishes for their futui'e welfare, should be made known to both the colonists and the Maoris. Subsequeutly to the above being printed, his Excellency the Governor received a letter dated 30th March, from Mr Haig, Equerry to H.R.H., stating that the Prince would leave for England within a week. The Phoebe left Wellington at 8 a.m. yesterday, experienced fine weather, and arrived off the Lighthouse at 8 p.m. We understand that the return cricket match is arranged to take place on Saturday next, at Richmond, between the Richmond and Wakapuaka clubs. We understand that the successful shots who will take part in the competition at Wellington for the Colonial Prizes, will leave for that city by the Airedale on. Tuesday morning. The Band of Hope and Wood Clubs played a match yesterday on Victory Square, which resulted in another victory for the former Club. Wickets were pitched at half-past 10, and the Band of Hope having won the toss, sent in their adversaries, who scored 17 in their first innings, of which only 8 were made off the bat, and 56 in their second, whilst their successful opponents made 71 in their first innings and 3 in their second, with 9 wickets to go down. The fielding of the Band of Hope was not so good as on former occasions, the ground being exceedingly slippery from the late heavy rains. The match between the No. 1 Rifle Cadets and the Artillery Cadets came off yesterday, at the Botanical Gardens. The Artillery were evidently overmatched, being beaten by 72 runs, Lockett alone scoring 45. ' The batting on the side of the Rifles was very fair generally, but the damp state of the ground made the fielding on both sides difficult and unsatisfactory. The Hon. the Premier returned to Wellington from Auckland by the steamer Wellington on Tuesday last. His Excellency the Governor will not return to Wellington before the end of May or the beginning of June. Mr. Gallagher has been returned member for Westland North in the General Assembly by a majority of 327, Mr Home polling 270 votes, and Mr Donne only 24.
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Nelson Evening Mail, Nelson Evening Mail, Volume III, Issue 90, 17 April 1868
Nelson Evening Mail Nelson Evening Mail, Volume III, Issue 90, 17 April 1868
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