John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 361
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NEWS LETTER OF AUSTRALASIA.
MELBOURNE VICTORIA NOVEMBER 1862.
JOURNAL OF POLITICS
Parliament met on the 7th inst. It was opened by His Excellency the Governor in the usual form. The attendance was large, and the deepest interest in the proceedings everywhere manifest. His Excellency's speech was the great feature. It was as follows:-
" Mr. President and Honourable Gentlemen of the Legislative Council"
" Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Legislative Assembly"
" In calling you together for the despatch [dispatch] of business, I anticipate that it will be found that the measures passed by you during the last session will tend materially to shorten the period to be devoted to your parliamentary duties and that you will now be able to direct your attention to several subjects of a practical
character which have hitherto not been disposed of, although creating importance thus [?] generally submitted."
" In order further to relieve you from the necessity of having to give to matters of [?] that time which may more
profitably be given to questions of wider range,