Object #1011170 from MS-Papers-0032-0214

3 pages written 26 Nov 1872 by Archdeacon Edward Bloomfield Clarke in Bay of Islands to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Surnames, Cha - Cla, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0214 (29 digitised items). Correspondents include:Alexander Chaplin & Co (Cranston Hill Engine Works, Glasgow) to John T Stewart re locomotives, 1871 (1 letter); Alfred Chapman, Napier, 1870 (1 letter); F M Chapman, Te Aute, 1864 & undated (2 letters); George T Chapman, Auckland, 1868-1869 (2 letters); H S Chapman, Wellington, 1867 (1 letter); Thomas Chapman, Auckland, 1875 (1 letter); G Charon, 1861 (1 letter); James Chase, Porangahau, 1868 (2 letters); Chathanson [?], Grahamstown, 1871 (1 letter); Peter Cheyne, Rangiora, 1863 (3 letters); Richard Chilman, New Plymouth, 1847 (1 letter); W B N Christie, Camp Campbellfields, 1874 (1 letter); H Churton, Mataongaonga & Wanganui, 1858-1875 (4 letters); Francis Cittadini, Wellington, 1866 (1 letter); Archibald Clark, Remuera, 1867 & 1870 (2 letters); John K Clark, Australian Club, 1865 (1 letter); Archdeacon E B Clarke, Bay of Islands, 1872 & 1875 (4 letters).

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English (ATL)

COPY. Waimate Bay of Islands

26th. November 1872.



My dear Sir,

I trust you will not consider me trouble some, but my duty compels me again to draw your attention to the sale of spirits by Mr. Hargreaves in this place. That I have good cause for doing so, I may mention that I have been informed that the consumption of spirits is not less than 50 gallons per week, or at the rate of 2,500 gallons a year.

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Now the native population within a radium of 10 miles from Waimate, is from 700 to 800 souls, women and children included, thus giving an average of more than 5 gallons per head per annum.

I believe that Hargreaves' wholesale licence expires at the end of this year; and I earnestly implore you to use your influence to prevent its renewal.

Our hitherto quiet community is disturbed by drunken mobs on the night of almost every

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Court day. I tremble to think what might happen on one of these occasions. A store was broken into a few weeks ago, and money to the amount of £5.0.0 taken away. If you are unable to prevent the renewal of Hargreaves' licence, will you kindly advise me what to do, for I dare not see this mischief going on without doing my utmost to check it.


Yours very respectfully (Signed)
E.B. Clarke
Archdeacon.

English (ATL)

COPY. Waimate Bay of Islands

26th. November 1872.



My dear Sir,

I trust you will not consider me trouble some, but my duty compels me again to draw your attention to the sale of spirits by Mr. Hargreaves in this place. That I have good cause for doing so, I may mention that I have been informed that the consumption of spirits is not less than 50 gallons per week, or at the rate of 2,500 gallons a year.

Now the native population within a radium of 10 miles from Waimate, is from 700 to 800 souls, women and children included, thus giving an average of more than 5 gallons per head per annum.

I believe that Hargreaves' wholesale licence expires at the end of this year; and I earnestly implore you to use your influence to prevent its renewal.

Our hitherto quiet community is disturbed by drunken mobs on the night of almost every Court day. I tremble to think what might happen on one of these occasions. A store was broken into a few weeks ago, and money to the amount of £5.0.0 taken away. If you are unable to prevent the renewal of Hargreaves' licence, will you kindly advise me what to do, for I dare not see this mischief going on without doing my utmost to check it.


Yours very respectfully (Signed)
E.B. Clarke
Archdeacon.

Part of:
Inward letters - Surnames, Cha - Cla, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0214 (29 digitised items)
Series 1 Inward letters (English), Reference Number Series 1 Inward letters (English) (14501 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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