A Matrimonial Agent's Petition.
[By Telegraph.] [feom otte special coebespondbnt.] WELLINGTON, July 15. A most extraordinary petition has been presented to Parliament by Mr W. F. Buckland, on behalf of Mr T. B. Hannaford, registry office-keeper, Auckland. The petitioner states that in 1863 he started a servants' registry in Auckland, and was constantly receiving letters from, settlers in all parts of the country, soliciting him to furnish them with suitable wives. For years he turned a deaf ear to those entreaties until at length it dawned on his mind that he might, by entertaining the requests, render not only valuable aid to several applicants, but solid and lasting benefits to the Province of Auckland, and the sister Provinces as well. Taking the letters to the editor of a then leading Auckland newspaper, he asked the advice of that gentleman, and *was advised by him that a matrimonial agency conducted on upright principles would be in truth a blessing to Auckland. Petitioner had treasured up that counsel in his heart, and most rigidly carried it out in practice, and had, up to the present date, brought 115 couples together, who had been married. Thus, he said, petitioner alone had found wives for isolated Aucklanders, and the districts of Auckland, Taranaki, j Hawke's Bay, Marlborough, Southland, Chatham Islands, and even Fiji, and he had resolutely refused to matrimonially ally any one, male and female, who were in feeble health, or failed to prove respectable character. He considers it reasonable to suppose that the issue of the marriages are healthy and well brought-up children, and the rising generations of New Zealand, who owe their existence to him, nright be numbered by hundreds. Several of the families to petitioner's certain knowledge, are from four to six each. Petitioner had likewise induced many respectable English girls to wed Maori Chiefs, and they were now living lovingly together at "Whangarei, and he was under the impression that, with the wise aid of Government, he could, to a very great extent, solve that difficult problem, " the fusion of the races." Petitioner submits that his agency has added to the wealth of the Colony, and prays for such recognition of his services as Parliament may deem it right to give.