Lot 26: Aboriginal Australian Colonial Policy: 1843 Letter - George Gipps

Sydney Rare Book Auctions

April 28, 2018
Ultimo, Australia

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Description: A handwritten letter by Lord Stanley (Edward George Stanley, fourteenth earl of Derby, served as British Prime Minister, though not at the time of the letter) to Sir George Gipps. The letter is a single folded-over sheet forming a small document; three of the pages of writing are formed, each of the page/panels measuring 33x21cm. The letter itself is in good condition: the primary creasing appears contemporary to the writing of the letter, with some minor edge-wear, and a very slight (less than 2cm) tear in the bottom edge of one panel (not impacting text). The text itself references Lieut. Governor LaTrobe, then superintendent of the Port Phillip District, and suggests that, due to the success of programs in Western Australia (under Governor John Hutt, not named in the letter) to "protect and civlise" (as compared to corporal punishment), all other governors should consider the use of such methods. A significant letter, dated 10th July 1843 written from 10 Downing Street. At this time Lord Stanley was the Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, and Sir George Gipps was then Governor of New South Wales.
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