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seems were strongly confirmed by Sir
William Denison,) that it would be
of great importance to the best
interests of the new Colony, if its
first Parliament could be inaugurated
under the presidency of a gentleman
of the tried ability, long official
experience, and high character of
Sir Charles Nicholson, - who had
been created a Baronet, as a mark
of the Queen's approbation of the
manner in which he had, during
eleven years - and at an eventful
period in Colonial history, filled
the office of Speaker of the first
Legislative Council of New South Wales.

Though posessed of
considerable property in Queensland,
Sir Charles Nicholson was a fixed
resident at Sydney and was (I fear,)
subjected to much expense and
inconvenience by his prompt
acquiesence in my proposal that
he should transfer himself to Brisbane.

I cannot deny myself
the gratification of quoting at length
the letter to me in which he signified
his readiness to place his valuable
services at my disposal. "The terms",
he wrote, "in which you propose
"that I should give any assistance
"towards inaugurating the new
"Government of Queensland, are such
"that I feel they afford me scarcely
"any alternative but that of saying
"that I shall be prepared to place my
"humble but loyal services at the
"disposal of Her Majesty's Government,
"in the manner and for the period

"that you suggest.

"I fear very much, my dear
"Sir George Bowen that the too partial
"estimate and report of friends (including
"Sir William Denison,) may have induced
"you very much to overrate the value
"of the assistance I may be able
"to render your Government. All that
"I can lay claim to, in the way
"of qualification for public duties,
"is a not inconsiderable experience
"in the business of Colonial legislation,
"and an earnest desire to contribute
"to the welfare of these great Colonies,
"as loyal and prosperous dependencies
"of the Crown of England.

"In accepting any
"temporary service under your goverment,
" I wish it to be distinctly understood
"that I seek for no personal involvement
"and that I would, in point of fact,
"rather assume the duties of an
"unpaid than of a salaried office.
"Neither do I, in responding to your
"wishes, seek it to be implied that
"I look for any ulterior recognition
"of the sense of the Government for
"whatever aid I may be able to
"render to it. In making this avowal,
"I nevertheless frankly admit that
"it would afford me some gratification
"to know that my willingness to
"place any poor services at your
"disposal were brought under the
"cognizance of Her Majesty's advisers
"at home; and that these services
"should be regarded as the imperfect
"expression of the sense of gratitude
"which I entertain to my sovereign

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