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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 80a

Governor the Earl of Belmore to the Secretary of State for the Colonies

Governor the Earl of Belmore to the Secretary of State for the Colonies.

My Lord Duke,

Government House, Sydney,

I have the honour to inform your Grace that I have, at the instance of my Responsible Advisers, appointed three additional Members to the Legislative Council.

2. The only reason for this addition is, as stated in the enclosed letter from the

Enclosure No. 1.

Attorney General, the difficulty-experienced in securing a quorum for the transaction of business, and on that ground alone I have sanctioned the increase

Enclosure No. 2.

3. As I have not been able to find any instructions on record making it necessary for me to refer to your Grace before taking this step, as it is an understood thing that, as a rule, no nomination to the Legislative Council is to be made during the Session of Parliament, and as Parliament is appointed to meet on the 13th proximo, I appointed, on the 28th instant, with the advice of the Executive Council, the following gentlemen to be Members of the Legislative Council, viz.:—
  • Frederick Matthew Darley, Esq., barrister-at-law;
  • John Richardson, Esq., formerly a Member of the Legislative Assembly; and Thomas Holt, Esq., formerly a Member of the Legislative Assembly, and some time Colonial Treasurer.'
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4. Two death vacancies also have occurred during the recess; these I have filled up by the appointment of—
  • Henry Moore, Esq., a merchant, and the agent to the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company; and
  • Alexander Park, Esq., a former Member of the Council before its reconstruction.

5. The Council, thus increased, now consists of 30 Members, being about two-thirds of its number prior to 1861.

6. I trust that what I have done will meet with your Grace's approval.

I have, &c. (signed)