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Tuesday 29 August 1871, The Sydney Morning Herald


Up to Monday morning last (polling day), the only candidate in the field to represent the electorate of New England was Mr. B. Naughton (who considered his election certain, despite what other candidate that might come forward), Mr. Henry Dangar having been withdrawn from the field early last week. On Thursday last, a deputation waited upon Mr. Richard Hargrave, of Hillgrove, to allow himself to be nominated, but Mr. Hargrave declined giving a definite answer until the following day (Friday), when a letter was received by the deputation informing them that he (Mr. Hargrave) declined to allow himself to be nominated. But it appears that Mr. Hargrave’s refusal would not be accepted by his supporters; so they decided on having an advertisement inserted in the local papers, informing the electors of New England that Mr. Hargrave would be nominated on Monday. Upon Mr. Hargrave noticing the advertisement alluded to, he sent a letter on Monday to the Returning-officer (which was read at the nomination), declining to allow himself to be nominated. So, as I have stated before, the only candidate officially in the field up to Monday morning (polling day) was Mr. B. Naughten. An hour or so before the nomination was opened, a deputation waited upon Mr. R. P. Abbott, solicitor, of Armidale,, to allow himself to be nominated, when after a little consideration he (Mr. Abbott) consented, as there was no other candidate then in the field capable of representing the district. After Mr. Abbott had entered the field, Mr. Jackes, the return ing-officer, received information that Mr. S. H. Terry, the late member for Mudgee, was in the field and intended to contest the election. The nomination was opened in the Court-house punctually at 12 o’clock by Mr. Jackes, when about 160 persons were present ; there was but very little excitement. Mr. Robert Palmer Abbott was nominated by Mr. Lewis Markham, and seconded by Mr. Thomas Fitzgerald ; Mr. Samuel Henry Terry was nominated by Mr. W. Cleghorn, of the Rocky River, and seconded by Mr. James Anderson. Mr. Abbott was the only candidate that addressed the electors. Mr. Terry not being present. Mr. Abbott’s address was anything but A1, occupying merely twenty minutes, during which time he principally dwelt upon the land question, in which he is in favour of the proposed reduction. Mr. Abbott pronounced himself, a supporter of the Public Schools Act ; also in favour of railway extension. In reply to questions, Mr. Abbott pronounced himself a free-trader, and said, if returned, he did not intend taking a billet; he also pronounced himself a supporter of the present Ministry. Upon a show of hands being called for by the Returning-officer, 39 were counted for Mr. Abbott, and 26 for Mr. Terry. Six electors then came forward and demanded a poll for Mr. Terry. The proceedings, which only lasted three-quarters of an hour, were brought to a close by three cheers being given for the Returning officer. Great dissatisfaction is expressed at Mr. Abbott’s address to the electors on Monday; and the general opinion is that should Mr. Terry visit Armidale (which he is expected to do) before the polling day, and give publicity to his political views, that the contest will be exceedingly close. Mr. Terry’s supporters are certain of success; while Mr. Abbott’s supporters are quite sanguine of success.

Written by macalba

August 28, 2010 at 8:07 pm

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