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Windsor 31st January 1822

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 23rd instant desiring to be informed why I refused taking charge of a Debtor named Kelly when tendered to me on the 10th instant by George Smith Provost Marshall Bailiff.

I take the liberty to say in reply thereto that this place has always been considered as a Bridewell and not a Gaol, and the smallness of the Salary attached to the situation of keeper rendered it impossible that he could take upon himself the responsibility of taking charge of Debtors. These considerations induced my predecessor Thomas Green, some years since, during the time that Wm. Gore Esquire was Provost Marshall to refuse to take charge of a Debtor, in consequence whereof an application was made by Mr Gore to the then Judge Advocate, Ellis Bent Esquire, who gave it as his opinion that the keeper of the Bridewell at Windsor, had nothing to do with Debtors, but that they must be held by the Bailiff, and at his risk delivered to the County Gaol at Sydney.

In compliance with this decision the magistrates have directed me to adhere thereto, which I have done ever since I have held the situation of keeper of the Bridewell at Windsor, now upwards of six years.

I trust this explanation will acquit me in your opinion of any intention of doing wrong, when I refused to take charge of the Prisoner on the 10th instant.

I have the honor to be
with the greatest respect
Your most Obedient
humble servant

George Loder, Gaoler

To T. Goulburn Esq, Colonial Secretary

Letter from George Loder to the Col. Sec., 31 January 1822, AONSW 4/1759 p.115.