Eureka Stockade:Letter from Patrick Smyth to Hotham requesting temporary suspension of licence fee to avoid bloodshed

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Eureka Stockade:Letter from Patrick Smyth to Hotham requesting temporary suspension of licence fee to avoid bloodshed is associated with Ballarat, Victoria located at these coordinates -37.5621071, 143.8561493


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This letter from Father Patrick Smyth to Lieutenant Governor Charles Hotham, dated 30 November 1854, petitions for a temporary suspension of the licence in view of the 'present emergency'. The official response, while polite, is firm on the maintenance of the law, an attitude characteristic of Hotham.

Record Citation: VPRS 4066/P Unit 1, December 1854 no. 3
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Agency: VA 466 Governor (including Lieutenant Governor 1851-1855 and Governor's Office)
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Date: 30 November 1854
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Language: en
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Related Resource URL: http://prov.vic.gov.au/exhibitions/eureka-on-trial/escalating-tensions
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04066-p0000-000001-0070-030-001.jpg To His Excellency Sir Charles Hotham HCB and Governor General of Victoria

Sir, I have the honour to address your Excellency, and most respectfully beg here to state what, in the opinion of many, is best calculated to allay our present excitement. The present emergency is a pressing one, and requires all the consideration and indulgence Your Excellency can extend us. Should Your Excellency so far favour us as to suspend the operation of the Licence Law here for some definite period, - say till the coming Commission close their enquiries, -I, at least, would feel certain of our being more than partially restored to law and order. May I assure Your Excellency that my only motive for being so bold, is my concern for those who are entrusted to my care. I have the honour to be Your Excellencys Very humble and obedient servant Patrick Smyth Catholic Priest

 Answered

1/12/54

Ballarat. Nov 30/54


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04066-p0000-000001-0070-030-002.jpg 3.

1st December 1854 Patrick Smythe Suggestions

To His Excellency Sir Charles Hotham Lieutenant Governor

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