LETTER OF REPLY TO QUARANTINED
PASSENGERS OF RESOLUTE
Otago Daily Times October 12th 1866
Later published in "The Press" October 16th 1866
The Government has sent the following reply to the memorial from the passengers by the Resolute. The writer of the letter is Mr Moss, the Provincial Treasurer, for the Provincial Secretary :- I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt, by his honour the Superintendent, of the memorial signed by yourselves and fellow-passengers per ship Resolution, now in quarantine, praying for the interference of the Government to effect your release at an earlier date than that fixed by the Board of Health. In reply, I have to acquaint you that the medical gentlemen, members of the Board of Health, having decided after careful inquiry, that the disease from which the steward is suffering is small-pox, and the Board itself being the authority to decide the time at which the ship and passengers may be safely admitted to pratique, the Government - although sympathising with the inconvenience to which the memorialists are unavoidably subjected, and desiring of in every way allieviating it - have no power to interfere with the decision arrived at by the "Board".