NOTICE. rTTWO SERMONS will be preached in JL Nelson, D.V., by the Rev. T. D. Nicholson, on Sabbath, 21st instant, and COLLECTIONS made in aid of the ERECTION of the FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH in the WAIRAU. In the Presbyterian Church, at 11 o'clock, a.m.; and in the Wesleyan Church, at half-past 6 o'clock, p.m. TO the CONSTITUENCY of the Province of NELSON. Gentlemen — As it is not our intention to attend the opening proposed of the session of the General Assembly, we think it due to you to 6tate our reasons for this resolution. In the first place, our attendance at the present period would entail upon each of us a very Berious sacrifice of personal interests, or interfere with other public duties ; but we were, nevertheless, prepared to make such personal sacrifice, if by so doing the general public welfare would be adequately advanced. We are, however, of opinion that such would not be the case. It is notorious that a considerable number of the present members of the House of Representatives have sent in their resignations ; it is believed that many others are about to do so, and it is generally rumoured that several of the remaining members in other provinces will not attend the proposed session. From these circumstances, we are satisfied that there will not be present, at the commencement of the session, such a number of members as would justify the Government in bringing forward any of those measures of political importance, -which it was understood, would be brought under discussion. Amongst other measures of this class, we would instance for example, the alteration of the Constitution Act, and any further arrangements as to the distribution of the public burdens of the colony. In all probability, a period of two months would elapse, from the commencement of the session, before the elections could take place to supply existing vacancies, during which time our attendance would be unproductive of public service, whilst it would be seriously detrimental to ourselves. The injury which our personal interests would sustain is aggravated by the want of regular communication between Auckland and the southern provinces, rendering it extremely probf ble that we should receive no intelligence as to our personal affairs until the return of the new writs, and, after that, until our own return home at the conclusion of the session. From a consideration of these matters, we are satisfied that the present position of the seat of Government, isolated, and cut off from communication with the other parts of the colony, is detrimental to its best interests, and impedes the satisfactory working of the Constitution, and that until the Government is removed to a more central and accessible position relatively to a majority of the provinces, the general interests of the colony cannot receive that attention which they imperatively demand. We are, Gentlemen, Your obedient servants, W. T. L. Tbavees, W. Wells, C. Elliott. H. E. Cubtis. Nelson, March 19. O the ELECTORS of the WAIMEA Districts. Gentlemen — Although aware for some weeks past that I should be unable to take my seat in the House of Representatives at the opening of the session on the 31st instant, it was my full intention to have proceeded to Auckland towards the end of April, and to have devoted myself to my duties as your representative for the remaining portion of the session, and I was led to hope that my absence for this short period would not have been in any way detrimental to your interests, as, from the great number of vacancies to be filled up in the House of Representatives, it did not accra j>rol>ablo that an^ of the real business of t2IG gession could have been begun before I should reach Auckland. It is with regret I have now to state that, from circumstances which have since arisen, it does not seem to me certain that I shall be able to absent myself from Nelson at the time I proposed, more particularly as, in the absence of any regular communication with the North, I should place myself, by proceeding to Auckland, practically out of the reach of all intelligence of my personal affairs. It therefore appears to me that I have but one course to pursue, tnd that I am bound to resign my seat as your representative, in order that you may at once be able to place your interests in the hands of some one who will be able to give them his full attention. Thanking you very sincerely, Gentlemen, for the honourable distinction you conferred upon me, I remain, yours very obediently, C. Elliott. Nelson, March 20. TO the ELECTORS of the WAIRAU and AMURI Districts. Gentlemen— I with some regret have to announce my resignation as your representative in the General Assembly. This has been induced from the following circumstances : — From what I believe to be pretty positive information, it is the intention of a considerable number of the Southern members to tender their resignations, when fresh writs will require to be issued after the House meets. Others, from circumstanses, will not be able to proceed to Auckland for at least a month after the house has been summoned, so tliat the probability is no business is likely to be done for the next two months. I had made my arrangements to leave Nelson to be present by the 31st instant, and to devote two or three months to the public service, but as I must positively be in Nelson by the end of June, I should be obliged to leave Auckland almost as soon as the real business commenced, so that you would practically be unrepresented this session. I therefore consider it my duty to resign, in order that a writ may be issued which will enable you to elect my successor with the least possible delay. Thanking you for the confidence you have placed in me, I am, Gentlemen, Truly yours, Wm. Wells. TO the ELECTORS of the TOWN of NELSON. Gentlemen— My public duties in connection with the Provincial Government of Nelson will prevent my attendance at the General Assembly at the commencement of the ensuing session. From various circumstances stated in a letter of this day's date, from several other gentlemen representing the Province of Nelson, in the House of Representatives (in whose opinion as to the position of the seat of Government, expressed in the letter alluded to, I entirely concur), it appears almost a certainty that no serious business can be entered upon by the house until after the lapse of several weeks. After that period I shall be prepared to proceed to Auckland, if opportunity offers. Should the course I thus propose to pursue appear to you detrimental ft) the interests of the province, or inconsistent with my duties as your representative, I shall; of course, be prepared to resign the trust with which you have honoured me. I have the honour to be, Gentlemen, Your most obedient servant, Alfeed Domett. Nelson, Friday afternoon, 19th March.
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Page 2 Advertisements Column 3, Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XVII, Issue 23, 20 March 1858
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