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OTAGO.

By the Scotia, which arrived from Olago on Wednesday last, we arc gratified to learn that our fellow Colonists there seem at last to have awakened to something like a knowledge of their political interests.

On the l> th inst., il became generally known in Duncdin that Mr. Valpy had been invited by Sir George Grey, to lake a Seat in the Nominee General Council, as the Hepresenf afire of ihe CHayo Settlement. The next day measures were taken to call a public meeting for the purpose of requesting him to decliiio acceding to his Excellency's request, in order that there might not he the shadow of a pretence for saying that tho Oiago Settlers were represented in such a mockery of a Council. A clique of Government officers actual aud expectant, displayed great activity in getting up a counter movement, and in obtaining signatures to a memorial which they hawked ahout, praying Mr. Valpy to bej come a Nominee, thus trying to prejudge the question before it had been discussed by the Settler's in public meeting assembled. Many persons, vre are inI formed, signed this official document, under the impression that the parties convening the meeting were personally opposed to Mr. Valpy who is very much respected by all classes. The Meeting took place on the 13th inst., and was attended by three; or four hundred persons. 'Mr.Cargil J.P., having been moved into the chair by J. Macandrew Esq. J. P. and J. Jones Esq., a series of Resolutions in accordance with the object of tho meeting were passed by overwhelming majorities, in spite of the determined opposition of the Government CliquCj who attempted to make up for the smallness of its numbers by making all kinds of disturbances. All the speakers while warmly advocating Representative Institutions disclaimed the slightest intention of personal disrespect either to Mr. Valpy or the Governor. An intelligent Mechanic of the name of Langlands made a powerful impression by describing the false impression under which he had signed the official memorial, and by expressing his gratitude for having been enlightened by the discussion that had taken place. We have been unable to obtain a copy of the Resolutions, but we understand they were all based upon the previously recorded opinions of the settlers in favour of a Representative Local Council, and were strongly Condemnatory of the mockery offered in the shape of the present Nominee General Council. It was intended to postpone the fortnightly publication of the Otago Witness, for a few days in order to afford time for a full report of the proceedings. After the meeting a dinner took place, to which twenty two Gentlemen sat down, J. Jones Esq., in the chair, and to this Mr. Langlands was invited as a guest as an expression of admiration for his honesty in. coming forward and exposing the unfair manoeuvres resorted to by the Government party to obtain signatures to their Memorial. We shall look forward to the next number of Otago Witness, with considerable anxiety and interest. The settlers in every Settlement have now spoken out manfully, and declared their fixed, determination to have nothing whatever to say or do with Nominee Councils^

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OTAGO., Wellington Independent, Volume VII, Issue 586, 24 May 1851

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OTAGO. Wellington Independent, Volume VII, Issue 586, 24 May 1851

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