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TO THE BDITOR. OF TUB "TAKAN.VKI HIiIULD." Sin,— iv your original correspondence lately, tho state of the Omata road was commented on, and an enquiry made after the bnlanco of money graated Jately to repair this road. At a meeting o( the Committco for the Omata, £20 wai sol apart for what was dcsigna-cd Mr. Corbctl'i rond, »blch passes my house, and I wai to superintend tho work, and draw the cash to pay the workmen. 1 set J. Wright with some natives, on it in the first pUce— hut finding tho work not getting on ob it -should havo been done, I stopped them, nnd on application to (he trcaiu'ror, (tho Roy. G. BahVy) these men woro paid £\ Ms. I now engaged Europeans to labour on It, and muck was done to improve if, by opening the' toad to heat and wind ) rind I went ihyself for th'o wages ot these men, but was refused till an order was passed In commlltec. Of this committee I wai a member." I was present st its first meeting, nnd from the arrangements mado there I was entitled to my diibur«emcnti. I therefore called a meeting myiel£^ at which an order was obtained, and the Treasurer was pleased to lot me havo the money (about £10) and I forthwith paid all tho then demands. Thcso iwd payments left a balance of £9 3i. still duo on the same road, and I afterwards sanctioned ropairs to be proceeded with under tho direction of Mr. Wright In agreement that when 20 chains wera done 10 should be paid for J thil Included an alteration in the bush road to avoid an ascent. But when I called for cash to pay this further cxpenio I was refused on the score that I bad been expending mon*y on a private road; this I imrncdiatdy denied, and tald I was billing to forfeit all tho outlay, if it were the ease-, upon vfhich tho Treasurer said " you ought not to have' done It, Mr. Uundlo," evidently holding the opinion about tlw private road, notwltstancllne my J deniil. M " Wright was with me at this Interview. Ho c*llcd himself, and was told that there existed no authorily to transact business with him. I have called several times, but havo not obtained any money ; and I consider myself aggrieved, inasmuch as thoio whom I employed must consider me as dealing unfairly with them. And, Sir, laying {his dfsrespect aside, the Committee have had a. hole and corner meeting to,whicU I was not invied, nnd at this meeting, hold on tho ltfth ult., all due* on the rond wefe ordered to be) paid to me, but I have not even been communicated with on the subject. And the balsnco was handed over to another periun altogether I I hive spent some time and labour on public benefits, and for these ten years hava never been treated In other thin n, respectful manner— and I consider tb'it justice calls for this pnblication of a mode of disbursing public money. I am yotri, &a, ItICHAHD IUmDLB.

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ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE., Taranaki Herald, Volume I, Issue 19, 8 December 1852

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ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE. Taranaki Herald, Volume I, Issue 19, 8 December 1852