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DARLING, Ralph
Letter addressed by Lieut-Gen. R. Darling, Late Governor of New South Wales, to Joseph Hume, Esq. M.P.
London: J. McGowan, 1832. Octavo, 48 pp.; a good tall copy, bookplate of Bernard Gore Brett, in neat modern quarter calf. Rare: 'in defence of his administration in New South Wales. In an appendix the addresses presented to Governor Darling on his leaving New South Wales by the Legislative Council, officials and colonists are printed' (Ferguson). This is one of only a handful of works published by Colonial Governors of New South Wales. In this book Darling makes a spirited defence of his administration. Although the author of many important reforms in New South Wales, his governorship finished under a cloud as the criticisms of several prominent officials and colonists began to have some traction in London. Darling himself had left Sydney in October 1831, and on his return was faced with the news that the complaints against him were being raised in Parliament, chiefly by Joseph Hume the radical politician and supporter of the Reform Bill; throughout his career Hume was ferocious in his attacks on government spending and the curtailment of the press, both of which would have made Darling's case of some interest to him. In this pamphlet, Darling particularly responds to criticisms of him by the newspaper publisher E.S. Hall. Ferguson recorded copies in the Dixson, Mitchell and National Libraries, and the State Library of Victoria.
Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books [Surry Hills, NSW, Australia]

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