Halfway House – Walter Shelly to Thomas Murphy 1857

Saint Johns 18th May 1857

Sir,
In reply to yours of the 14th inst. in reference to the Claims of
Walter Shelly late keeper halfway house Salmonier road for repairs.
I beg leave to acquaint you for the information of the Lieutenant
Governor that Mr. Shelly have made considerable improvements at his
own expence from time to time in and about the halfway house, which
has contributed much to the comfort and convenience of Travellers.

A report have been made to me that some injury had been done to the
House by the removal of some of the fixtures, I waited on R. F.
Sweetman last evey (sic ?evening) who stopped in the house on Sunday
night, and he has permitted me to say that there is no damage done
the premises with the exception of two or three broken panes of glass.

I would take the liberty of recommending L40 to be paid Shelly a sum
considerably less than what he has expected.

It would be desirable that Mr. Shelly’s successor should take
possession of the premises at once to prevent any inconvenience to
the public, and that some small advance in money should be given (? to)
enable him to remove his family there.

Hon’ble ?J. Kent ………………………………. I have the honor to remain
Colonial Secretary …………………………….. [an indecipherable squiggle]
……………………………………………… your obedient servant
……………………………………………… John (completely illegible)
Eileen’s Note: It’s possible that ‘John (completely illegible)’ could be John Murphy.

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doc. No 2 photocopy from Joe Byrne Holyrood Library
[transcribed by me from the handwritten document.]
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