Article image
Article image

nno the ELECTORS of the WAIRAU. Gentlemen — I have been given to understand that it is proposed to bring me forward as your represenI tative in the General Assembly of New Zealand. 1 have stated that I should prefer the election of ! any other fitting parson, as it is possible that I inny be unable to go to Auckland. Moreover, at this late period of the session, and with a thin attendance of Southern members, it is uncertain whether any efforts of mine can be of real advantage to your district or to^ the colony. 1 Parties will have been formed, and bills passed, long before it is possible that your representative can 1 exercise any influence over the proceedings of the General Assembly. Should you still determine to elect me, it must be remembered that I ask for no man's vote 5 that I cannot even pledge myself to attend the session ; nor, in the event of my doing so, can I can be sanguiue as to rendering any material service. I will, however, if no more fitting representative can be found, endeavour, if possible, to proceed to Auckland, and there do my utmost for the welfare of the colony, and of a district to which I am bound, not only by the ties of property, but also, I believe, by a concurrence of political opinion, and, I trust, by that mutual confidence which should always exist between electors and their representatives. j I have the honour to remain, j , Gentlemen, I Your most obedient servant, Feed. A. Weld. Nelson, May 15, 1858. 952 O the ELECTORS of the WAIMEA DISTRICTS. ! Gentlemen— When first spoken to by some of your number about representing your district in the General Assembly, I replied that I considered the neglect of private business and the separation from one's family to involve a greater sacrifice than could reasonably be expected from any one, particularly as the present session appeared likely to be unimportant. Since that time, however, I have seen reason to believe that it is possible that the Assembly may, without delay, proceed to legislate upon . questions of the greatest interest to us all ; and I have been assured by several of your number that there is a pretty general wish that I should represent you. I, therefore, now beg to offer myself for thai honour. But I do so at the same time upon the following understanding : — I wish to bo allowed to reserve to myself the right of determining whether my presence in Auckland this session will promote the interests of the province or otherwise. The answer to this question will depend, I think, chiefly upon the line taken by the other Southern Members. Further, if Igo to Auckland, it will be with the intention of discouraging and postponing, bo far as I can, all legislation upon subjectß of primary importance ; because, so long as the General Assembly meets in Auckland, Northern interests must have a most unfair preponderance. Now, we know that the Assembly is to meet next year at Wellington. There, the extremities of the colony will meet upon equal terms, and it is clearly not only to our advantage, but simply just and fail*, that the settlement of questions affecting the interests of all should be arrived at in some central place. The delay of a year will be, in my opinion, infinitely less injurious than any attempt to legislate upon such subjects in on assembly meeting at one extremity of the colony, and which has, in consequence, made the narrowest possible escape of being a complete breakdown. I will explain myself upon this subject and others more fully at tho hustings. In the meantime, I am, Your obedient servant, D. Moneo. Nelson, May 17th. 956 rpo ALFRED SAUNDERS, ESQ., M.P.C. SiE—The electors of the Waimea Districts find themselves suddenly called on to make a hurried election of a Member of the House of Representatives. The shortness of the period thus necessarily allowed precludes the possibility of a numerouslysigned expression of the wish of the electors 5 but, on behalf of the constituency, we would respectfully request you to undertake the duties of that responsible office. Your long residence has made you intimately acquainted with our requirements ; your talents, energy, and industry afford every guarantee that those requirements will be efficiently enforced ; your undeviating probity has won our confidence ; and your j known stability and weight of character warrant the belief that, can we fortunately persuade you to accept this trust, you will not lightly betray it by an inconsiderate or unwarrantable neglect or resignation of duties, in the assiduous and able discharge of which this province and the whole colony are so vitally concerned. With the hearty pledge of our own individual support, and the fullest and best-founded belief that the constituency generally concur in the wish and opinion above expressed, " : We have the honour to be, Sir, j Yours very faithfully, F. Kelling, M.P.C. ' -Charles Very J. Mackay, MyP.C. John Norris, sen. T. Dodscn, M.P.C. James Maull J. Simmonds, M.P.C. John Andrews J. W. Barnicoat, M.P.C. George Coleman W. Hildreth Wm. Magowan Edward G. Rennell Joseph Herrick James Knapp Wilham Herrick D. Dolamore Charles White Robert Boddington Thomas Wagstaff, sen. William Ricketts Jno. Palmer George Sharp C. Ford William Wigzell John Davies John Wadsworth John Dron Edward Baigent, jun. Samurl Millard Wm. F. Maiben George Morgan ' Joshua Bird Thomas Chapman James Ladley Patrick Connor Thomas R. Buller R. G. Crocker T. J. Thompson Robt. Disher John Sheat E. Laney T. Butler Samuel Edwd. Gapper H. Gifford John Young C. Saywell James Ranger D. Hammond Thomas Murphy Robert Robinson Richard Heart. Thomas Saywell To the Gentlemen ■whose Names ace attached TO THE ABOVE REQUISITION. Gentlemen — I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of a letter from you, requesting me to become a candidate for a seat hi tho House of Representatives as a Member for the Waimea Districts. The flattering terms in which you have been kind enough to make me acquainted with your wishes, and the striking generosity with which a large portion of you have waved many minor differences of political opinion that exist between us, added to the deep interest which I feel in many of the important subject's that are likely to engage the attention of the House of Representatives during the present session, induce me to determine upon making those domestic and pecuniary sacrifices without which it is of course impossible to leave my home and my business at such a very unusually short notice. It may be impossible for me to proceed to Auckland the moment after the election, and it is possible that I may not be able to remain until the close of a very protracted session. I can only say that I will at once make a strenuous effort to complete such arrangements as will enable me to do so, and be assured that no light reasons shall at any time cause me to neglect the duties of such an important trust, or in any way to betray the confidence with winch you and a very large portion of my fellow-settlers have so long and so kindly treated mo. My opinions upon almost every political question have hi various way 3 been so frequently made public in this province, that any recapitulation of them upon this occasion would only be an unnecessary tax upon your patience ; but it will afford me much pleasure to I answer any inquiries which any elector may wish to make upon that subject on the day of nomination.

This article text was automatically generated and may include errors. View the full page to see article in its original form.
Permanent link to this item

Bibliographic details

Page 2 Advertisements Column 2, Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XVII, Issue 40, 19 May 1858

Word Count

Page 2 Advertisements Column 2 Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XVII, Issue 40, 19 May 1858