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Historical Records of New Zealand Vol. II.

Colonial Secretary, Sydney, to Crown Solicitor

Colonial Secretary, Sydney, to Crown Solicitor.

Colonial Secretary's Office,
12th February, 1831.



In acknowledging the receipt of your letter of the 7th instant stating that you entertained great doubt whether any offence has been committed which is cognizable by the Criminal Law of England by the Master and part of the the crew of the brig Elizabeth in their late transactions at New Zealand, I have the honour by direction of His Excellency the Governor to return to you the enclosed Depositions in the case and to request that you will immediately file Criminal Informations against the Master, Mate, Cowell, Richardson, and G. Brown, it being considered highly expedient that the parties concerned in this atrocious case should not go unpunished.

I have &c.

Alex. McLeay

To W. H. Moore Esq.
Crown Solicitor.