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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 80a

The Colonial Secretary to the Attorney General

The Colonial Secretary to the Attorney General.


Colonial Secretary's Office, Sydney,

I have the honour to enclose, with a view to its being laid before the Executive Council, for your and their information, a copy of a letter which I yesterday had the honour of transmitting to His Excellency the Governor, conveying my resignation of the office of Colonial Secretary, together with all other offices thereto appertaining, and containing a statement of the circumstances under which I have felt it my duty to adopt this course. I need scarcely say that I regret exceedingly being compelled, by what appears to me an ill-judged resistance on His Excellency's part to the wishes of his Constitutional Advisers, to separate myself from your Ministry at the present crisis of public affairs. I am confident, however, that the principles on which I have acted, and which I have endeavoured to maintain, have the unanimous concurrence of yourself and your other colleagues, and I trust may meet with the approval of the public generally.

I have, &c. (signed)

William Forster.