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Eyre, Joyce Eileen 1939 , 'The Franklin-Montagu dispute', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Almost a century ago, Lord Stanley,
the Secretary of State for the Colonies wrote these words
at the close of a despatch -- Despatch 150, written on
the 13th September, 1842, to Sir John Franklin, in Van
Dieman's Land.-
"The result of my consideration of
the whole subject is to relieve Mr Montagu from every
censure which impugns the integrity or the propriety of
his conduct. It cannot be too distinctly understood that
Mr Montagu retires from the situation he has so long
filled with his personal and public character unimpaired
and with his hold on the respect and confidence of her
Majesty's Government undiminished. --- I am compelled to
add that your proceedings in this case of Mr Montagu do
not appear to me to have been well-judged, and that your
suspension of him from office is not in my opinion,
sufficiently indicated."
His Lordship's Despatch served the
double purpose of snubbing Franklin and of justifying
Montagu. Now the cycle of time has swung around and
history would reverse Lord Stanley's ill-considered
The dispute between Franklin and
Montagu, dramatic, bitter and futile in itself, yet holds
up a mirror in which are reflected the lives, the struggles,
and the problems of those who lived in an age of transition
-- an age in which free settlers were beginning to out-number convicts, when Van Dieman's Land was about to become
Tasmania. The chief figures in the dispute were
Sir John Franklin the Lieutenant Governor of Van Dieman's
Land, his spirited wife, Lady Franklin, Captain John
Montagu, Colonial Secretary, and, away in the cloudy pompous
atmosphere of Downing Street, Lord Stanley, the Secretary
of State for the Colonies.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Eyre, Joyce Eileen
Keywords: Franklin, John, Sir, Montague, John, history, Van Diemans Land, Colonial Secretary,
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