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Historical Records of New Zealand

Thos. Kendall To Secretary Campbell

Thos. Kendall To Secretary Campbell.

Bay of Islands, 23rd October, 1815.


I have the honor to receive your letter bearing date 6th Sepr. ult., and containing instructions from His Excellency Governor Macquarie respecting runaway convicts.

I am sorry to observe that the five prisoners who were left here by Captains Foldger, Barny, and Parker, as mentioned in my last letter to His Excellency, have all made their escape page 405 from this settlement, and must either be gone into the interior of the country or otherwise have secreted themselves in the brig Trial, Captain Hovell, or in the schooner Brothers, Captain Burnett, but I conjecture the latter to have been the case.

On the 9th of Septr. I put Stardy and Mulse, who had been very unruly, on shore, on board the said vessel, under a promise from Captain Hovell that he would either deliver them up to me again before he finally left the island, or take them in the Brothers as prisoners to Port Jackson. On the 3rd of October I wrote an official letter to him, requesting him to inform me how many prisoners he could take in the Brothers, which I understood would in a few days depart from hence, and on the 4th, as appears by the inclosed note received from Captain Hovell, Mulse and Stardy made their escape. The other three prisoners—Rogers, Cantwell, and Jones—were missing at the same time.

The people here entertain no doubt but that the prisoners are gone in the Brothers or Trial, as the sailors belonging to the said vessels had previously proposed to them that Captain Burnett would take them with him if they would volunteer their services, but he was unwilling to take them all as prisoners.

The leg-irons and hand-cuffs mentioned in His Excellency’s letter are not received.

I have, &c.,

Thos. Kendall.

J. T. Campbell, Esq.