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The editor of this paper received last evening, at about half-pait six o'clock, the letter given below. It will pe observed that Mr Thatcher did not pen this epistle until he was safe out of Oamaru. Before the receipt of the letter referred to, we had written our local anent Mr Thatcher's entertainment, which appears in another column, and we scorn to abate one jot of the truth for any threat of personal violence he may clioose to make. As to the insinuations with, regard to the editor "when in business in Christchurch," he defies Mr Thatcher, or Mr Anybody else, to say truthfully that he ever behaved dishonestly in his life. If the Press is to be coerced by such threats as these, the sooner pistols and knuckledusters become part of the furniture of an editor's office the better. At any rate, the editor ia not " sucb/a cur " as to be deterred from writing what he pleases by any such threats as these. Finally, for Mr Thatcher's information, we have no objection to inform him that the editor did not write the letter at which he appears to have taken umbrage, nor did he go round the town showing it, as alleged. Oamaru, Thursday, 6fch May 1870. Sib,— This is to inform you that if you allude to me in your paper again in any uncomplimentary way, I will pull your nose in the most public place 1 can find you in Oamaru, and -will return from Timaru on purpose to do it ; nud 1 know I can, for none but a mean cur would have gone rouud the town, showing the letter you wrote. Had I said all I could of you, I could have alluded to your letting in the people of Christchurch, when you were a draper. Whatever appears in your paper I will hold you responsible for. I care very little for anything that you can say, as I am too well known in all parts .of New Zealand to be injured ; but I want you to give' me one more chance, so that if you pull me to Court, you will have no excuse to say you were not warned. I remain, Sir, Yours truly, Charles R. Thatohbb.

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MR. THATCHER AND THE EDITOR OF THE "OAMARU TIMES.", North Otago Times, Volume XIV, Issue 519, 6 May 1870

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MR. THATCHER AND THE EDITOR OF THE "OAMARU TIMES." North Otago Times, Volume XIV, Issue 519, 6 May 1870

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