Object #1016442 from MS-Papers-0032-0045
6 pages written 14 Sep 1870 by an unknown author in Wellington
From: Minister of Colonial Defence - Administration of colonial defence, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0045 (35 digitised items). No Item Description
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14th. September 1870.
I have the honour to enclose certain public documents, records of the Native and Defence Departments, upon the subjecy of a charge brought by Mr. Parris, the Civil Commissioner at Taranaki, against a Mr. John Purdie, who held a
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Commission in the Taranaki Militia.
Mr. Parris charges Mr. Purdie with having, in the course of an official interview in the Civil Commissioner's office, used certain threats against him; the result of which was that His Excellency the Governor was advised to cancel, and did cancel, the Commission held by Mr. Purdie.
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Mr. Purdie petitioned the House of Representatives, and the Public Petitions Committee has agreed to a report which has been adopted by the House, and a copy of which I herein enclose. The effect of which was to recommend the Government to cause an enquiry to be made into his case, ''by an Officer or Officers of
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the Volunteer or Militia Force, invested with the power to administer oaths, of superior ranks and in no way connected with the Province of Taranaki.''
I have the honour to request that you will give the Government the benefit of your services in conducting the enquiry suggested by the House of Representatives.
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I enclose a Commission which will clothe you with the necessary power, and the Government consider that the rank you hold in the Imperial Service is a sufficient compliance with the suggestion of the Public Petitions Committee on that point.
You will receive an allowance of two
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guineas (£2.2.0) a day while employed on this or any other enquiry you may undertake at the request of the Government, with necessary conveyance by sea and land when travelling.
I have the honour to be Sir,
Your most obedient servant
The Honble. Lt. Col. Russell M.L.C. etc. etc. etc.
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