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[Letters related to the case of George Von Zedlitz]

[Letter to the Chairman, Victoria University College Council from Professor George Von Zedlitz. 15th September 1915]

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Victoria University College, Wellington, N.Z.

To the Chairman of the Victoria University College Council

Dear Sir

Since I wrote to you placing myself
unreservedly in the hands of the Council,
legislation has been initiated by His Majesty's
Government expressly for the purpose of compelling
the council to dispense with my services. I feel
that only one course is open to me under these
circumstances. Although not formally naturalised
here, I have enjoyed the protection of the
British Crown now for 38 years, and for 25
years of that time by deliberate choice. When
the representatives of H.M. the King formally
initiate their judgement that my teaching
worth in New Zealand should cease, it is my
duty to submit unquestioningly. I therefore
respectfully beg the Council to relieve me of
my duties, and to allow me to retire from
office, so that I may comply with the wishes
of the government, and that I may not be
[unclear: the] occasion of legislation which would affect
others. Permit me again to page break express my thanks to the Council
for the consideration it has invariably
shown me, and the confidence it has
expressed in me.

Your obedient servant

George William von Zedlitz