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declining to be put in nomination as Superintendent under the New Constitution. While you take this opportunity of recording in such strong and flattering terms your view of the manner in which I have performed the duties of that office, I at the same time received from his Excellency the Governor " letters patent," summoning me t» the Upper Chamber of the Legislature of the Colony, "to mark (as the Despatch which accompanied it stated) his Excellency'i sense of the value of the highly important services which I had rendered to the Local Government for so many years, during which very arduous duties have devolved upon me." On this united testimony of the Governor and the People, I place the highest value ; it enables me to look back upon my past career with no ordinary degree of satisfaction, as being of a nature to elicit such strong expressions from two quarters who are so able to judge of its usefulness. The summary of Statistics you give for the six years 1 held the office of Superintendent, exhibits the great progress the settlement has made, the prosperity it has attained, and the improvements that have been effected — no one can more sincerely rejoice at this result than I do, but the merit rests with yourselves more than with me, as these blessings have been brought about chiefly by your own perseverence and industry, and by the cordial co-operation and support I invariably received from all classes of the community; — to this good understanding I attribute the success which has attended the measures I took to endeavour to promote the prosperity of the settlement. Replete as your address is with flattering eulogiums, there is none which 1 esteem more highly than your placing in so prominent and favourable a light the social and friendly relations that subsist between us. I can only say that as Superintendent it was always my earnest solicitude to advance the interests of this rising Province, and in my private capacity to cultivate a friendly intercourse, and to promote good feeling among all classes of the settlers — the former has been amply rewarded by the notice that has been taken of my public services, and the latter by the gratification I experience at residing among you, with the knowledge that such feelings as those expressed in the address, are so generally entertaiued towards myself and my family. I have the honour to be, Gentlemen, Your most obedient, humble servant, M. Richmond. Nelson, 25th November, 1853. Virginia Girls. — The Richmond Inquirer, of a recent date, contains the following notice of a Virginia girl, or, in its own language, " a meritorious lady of our acquaintance in Hanover County:" — "At the^age of 20 she was a hearty, rosy-cheeked lass, full of life and industry. Seeking a prospect of making a disconsolate bachelor as happy as herself, she acquired a piece of land, with the view of having a ' local habitation.' A house was the nest thing indispensable to her laudable ambition. She shouldered her axe, went to the woods, felled trees with her own hands, chopped the logs for the building, made shingles to cover it, nailed them on, finished the house by lathing and plastering it herself. In a short time thereafter, she ' met/ she saw, and conquered a deserving and industrious young man in the neighbourhood. They were married, and the young couple commenced their married life in the neat cottage, the fruit of his wife's industry, and the work of her own hands. All this occurred about the year 1835. Time has advanced, and she is now the happy mother of thirteen children, the youngest five months old, and he the happy and prosperous husband of a most industrious and estimable lady. What is it women cannot accomplish when with earnestness she undertakes the task ?" Milesian Advice.—" Never be^ critical upon the ladies," was the maxim of an old Irish peer, remarkable for bis homage to the sex j " the only way in the world that a true gentleman ever will attempt to look at the faults of a pretty woman, is to tTtut his eyts" Nave and Knavery. — " My friend," said a pompous dignitary to one of hi« poor parishioners whom he found one day {admiring the architecture of the church, "do you at all understand the thing yourself? For instance, do you know which is the nave of the church?" " Please, your honour's reverence," answered Hodge, making hit lowest bow, " with all sub* mission I always thought that was your honour's self." Hodge, we trust, was not right ; bet in this case it may be that he was not far wrong. — Punchenello. French Queens. — Out of sixty-seveu Royal and Imperial consorts, there are but thirteen on whose names there is no dark stain of sorrow or of sin. Of the others, eleven were divorced, two died by the executioner, nine died very young, seven were noon widowed, three were cruelly traduced, three were exiles, thirteen were bad in different degrees of tvils, the prisoners and the heartbroken made up the remainder.— Dublin •University Magazine.

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 4, Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XII, Issue 621, 28 January 1854

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 4 Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XII, Issue 621, 28 January 1854