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Justification of the Character of John Gare Butler, November 8th, 1823

November 8th, 1823.

Messrs. Butler, Hall, King, Kemp, and Shepherd.

As I am about to leave New Zealand for a time at least, and scandalous reports have been raised of me, I deem it necessary for the justification of my character, to put the following questions, in order that you may speak according to your knowledge of me, and have no reason to speak differently after my departure.

1st.—Have I ever lived in any known sin such as drunkenness, adultery, or any other crime since you have had an opportunity of knowing me? Rev. John Butler No!
Mr. Wm. Hall No!
Mr. King No!
Mr. J. Shepherd—I believe he lived before he was married in disobedience to his parents.
(Butler was born 1781 married 1798.) Mr. James Kemp No!
2nd.—Do I live in open sin, and am I worthy of censure? Rev. John Butler No!
Mr. Wm. Hall No!
Mr. King No!
Mr. J. Shepherd No!
Mr. James Kemp No!

These questions were asked in the presence of the Revd. Mr. Marsden and the Revd. Mr. Leigh.