Macdonald Dictionary Record: John Hall
George Ranald Macdonald
One record, handwritten in ink on rectangular card, with biographical information for John Hall. Written by George Ranald Macdonald for the Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biography project, 1952-1964.
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Marks/Inscriptions: H. 41 Ses John Hall Stoddart station, Run 20, of 20000 ac. which Stoddart named Rakaia Terrace Station says Acland. The thie brothers were in partner ship in this rn. John made his home in Ch.Ch. but frequently wis ted the station and when he wor there worked as hard as anyone. Acland read the stalin diary and has noted the following points. St.o d art hia built a hut and temporary wool shed down the terrace near the river; was a very windy spot and stoddart did not apple cate the wind. He wrote his mist famous poi on the subset of the Nor.West wind. Hall said in a letter i he imagined he was tired of his rin and s0 I was able to buy it He paid Â£ 2750 which induced 1870 sheep and lambs and horses , stores etc. The Halls put up mon perm amen t buildings of slabs thatched with toe toc. The hints were plastered inside with clay . Seab having made its appearance in Canty , they Kept the sheep in hand and penned them at ought. They used horses at first in their strays bit later bought a Ream of bullocks. They used to wash the bullocks necks in brine to prevent chafing. There were the usual troubles with the bullocks breaking out o f their yard and disappea during the right. They made a garden as soon as they arrived and grew vegetables to vary the monotonous milton diet. They had the usual trouble with wild dogs. The wild dogs were cleaned up in Canty astonishingly S0o. Acland:; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 41 3n John tall They found that their autumn lambs did. better them their spring oes . They washed their sheep before shearing in a pool in the river and dipped in tobacco Water. fir ice during the year. He let the rm in June 55 to Henry Phillips of Rockwood and T.H. Potts for 7 years at Â£.100 a year w ith oat the sheep. and put his own sheep, out on terms with Dixon at Eyrewell and Sanders on at Carleton . Acland thinks he took back the run before the terms was up ; and , he, he bought adoring rn of 10000 ac. fr on Studholme Bros, and in o ved over to their homestead. John Waterhouse Buller managed the Trace station till 69. Chud leigh said he was a son of the Rev . James Buller. J.E. Fountain followed Butler and remained there till 1901. ( the year of his death) (end of Acland) He was elected a member of the first Pov. Coun. of Canty in '53 and continued to be a member , with the exception of those years when he wes dwayne in Eng , until the end of Provincial Gov He was instrumental in gettin g the ordinance passed dealing with scab, an ordinance dealing with the threatened introduction + f foes and most importance ( sewell say) he drew up the Canty Land Regulations in '55. In 5 he was elected to represent Ch. Ch. Country - in Par lt. and became Colonial Sec. to the Fox Ministry in '56; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 41. sir Ton Hall 4 (was this why he leased Terrace station i I4 He He was appointed shortt and commissioner of police and R.M. for Lylt and in a magistrate and J.P. for the Colony. In '58 he was appointed R.M. for Ch. Ch. He attended the first General Synod of N.Z. , herd in Wgtn in Mar. 59 and on his ret rn he gave a clear and complete account of the proceedings. This synod was f the ut mist importance for at it were decided the relations of the C.of.E. in N.Z. with the mother church in Eng - relations which approached independence for N.Z. in C. of E . matters (see L.T. 27.4.59) He was chosen as at muster of the Ch.Ch. Mechanis Inst. when it was founded in '59. A long and than ly written , though hostile, account of him will be fund in LT. 5.11.59 - presumably y written by Crosbie ward. He left for a trip to Eng. in 1860 . He had been R.M. for 4 years and the Maoris of the neigh born hood presented him with an address bai with a2s adds and in return were given a feast. While he was away he married 5.4.61 Rose Anne, youngest dau of Wm. Dryden of Hull. Died he go back to le family 1 marry her or did he meet her while on his tiles ? H y den Hall aed sister friend) He returned in time to stand for election for the first Municipal Council of Ch.Ch. Marry prominent men stood and the greatest interest was LT. 2.3.59 : 1.6.59 : 14.3.60; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H.41 taken b y the public. He was elected top of the poll and the Council selected him its first chairman. This council was a much less body than the later City Council. It was not a cor pirate body and had ist no rating powers and its chair man was not Mayor of Ch.Ch. The Prov. Coun. made a grant out of which it carried ont what works the money would run to. Sir John Hall was all his life a man of property. He always selected with care and his selections usually timed ont well. Amongst his selections on were the 8 acres which Ch. Ch. Railways station was to be built, and he sold the block for Â£6000. He also cred other land necessary for the railway an d he got Â£500 an acre for it. He owned land on the Feary Road ard ling the boundary ran the Main Drain. The flow of wales along it caused considerab damage to his frontage and he was awarded , hn heavy damages. All this may have brought, d certain amount of in popularity. - unpop clarity which was caused y jealousy , all men with money to most were trying to pic up land which would appreciate rapidly. In Dec. 63 e was elected to the Prov. Conn for the Mackenzie Country and in this year he resigned from his position of R.M. and also frum the Connal. There was a rush for the Mac kee County when it was dis covered aced the LT. 1.3.62 : 5.3.62 : 10.6.63; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: Sen John Hall H. 41 Hale brothers were not likely to behind hand. vance says they took up the runs later known as Braemar and Balmoral (so named John Gammack) and John Halle a rin called The Mistake (80 named owing to a mis take in the bund ary ) and Thomas Hall bought 20000 ac near the son th em boundary of The Mistake. In '63 he was called to the Leg. Coun. but he resigned thee years later when he wanted to return to the Lower House. The discovery of gold in the West Coast ted to great excitement in Canty. Merchant. and shop keepers dreamed luscious dreams and Prov. Govt. hoped to get substantial revenue from the export of gold These hopes were dis appointed oss provided ad was Do difficult f r, heavy cart ick tos ne bulk . The fam ry 4, Gold Escoc t. with armonk plated coach and heavy Thor frightened away W. r brush rangers. and all the oed went ano pic urine uniforms Jaded no gold. Access ( y sea wife was much cheddar and Australia was able to land goods - and even stock - draper than Canty grazer s could do. Bullock and wether fatten rs died well unless there was an Australian, shipment to spoil their market. The West Coast became a separat province under the tuition o John Hall. However this was for the moment in foresee. The great thing was to vance; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 41 S.o7 John Hill find the best route to the West Coast. Arthur Dudley Dobson found it though it would seem the route ups the Hurunui would have been easier . But the West Coast side was difficult and it ted out too far north. John Hall accompanied Edward Dobson on to examine routes and ) authorised him to go ahead. The road was made with astonishing speed. )Two very able men were the principal contractors; William White , of ) bridge fame and E.G. Wright. John Hall had been given a new por polio Jin the Prov. Got. - minister for Public Works. The was the sort of job for g which he was part enlar ly suited. He was fill of practical common sense tu '8 f and energy. 4hen the time came for Westland to become a separate in '68 province he presented the petition to Pail t. ; and he personally superintende 3 ) the carly stages of West lands provincial government. and no one could . have done it better. S a In 66 he resigned from the Leg. Coun. and stood for the Heathcote ) seat in Pail. His opponent was Geo Buckley who lived in Heathcote f and who had string West Coast interests in that he was the chif fian f )promoter of the Grey Re Wo Coal Coy. He was very andy with John Hall )because he thought he had, received from him the support the prolet LT. 10.2.66. f f He went there with the delegated powers) ) of a G over nor; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 41 Sir John Hall deserved. There was no bof love list between them and the electr campaign became rather bitter. Buchler was an able man but not much liked . John Hall won by 368 voles to 239. In 66 John Hall was one of the thee Canty members in Part who voted for the new Stamp Duties. These would have the fict of increasing the revere of the N.Z . Got and the money was wanted to help the Gort fight the Maori war .He took the broad N.Z. view instead of the marrow Provincial View which showed his courage and far sighted - ness and was bitterly attacked by the Lylt. Times. This paper was always to him hostile, largely y because he belonged to the "squatters" interest. He took office ds P.M.G. under Stafford in '66 although he had attacked him during his election Campaign . The Lylt. Times in 67, over the Timaru + Glads tines District Bd. Bill, after s hanging Travers , said "The stand taken b y the Hon. the P. M.G. Mr Hall , is a notable contrast. Although one of the Ministry and a vowing Strong proclivities towards a fuller dis trib ton of Public Revenues among the local Boards , he refused to lend himself to ary underhand means to secord such an object (LT. 14.9.67). In this year he attended a postal Conference at Melbourne. antes ted When further taxation to pay for the Maori war was being argued in the LT. 9.12.67 : 27.7.89 69 :; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 41 Sn John Hall Lylt. Times it said, July 6 " As M Hall has been gifted by nature with a lender Sam and a somewhat unstable tamper , it followed almost as a mater of course. that ie have as frequently brought down up on our head a large share of his vigor oe Animosity" He was elected to the Prov. Coun. for Rakaia in 170. a wgtn cores unda compared him to t.a bantam cock. The triumphant crow ing indulged in by Litte John when a point is scored, is highly amusing . Last ought he scolded , into outed An.d threatened for the best part of 3 hous and at the end was as lively as Ever July 70. When 1erma way forme d his ecu ive in Oct. 70 , he joined it ( this was after Jollies resigned) . In July 72 he resigned the Heathcote seat in Parlt in order to strengthen the Fox Got. and lead i the Leg. Conn. (see leade LT. 23.7.72) + justifying this move . Again his health was not good and he and his wife and family left sor Eng. in the Lady Jocelyn 27.2.73. He returned in the Orari , a N.Z. Shipping Co vessel with his wife and a family of 4 . He brought a box of bumble bees ont with him but they were found. to be all dead when he landed. Jan. 76. He had been elected to the comm. f the Canty A. +P. Assoc. in Jan 73 and in '76 he was president. He was an onitsha shareholder and member f the Canty Club. Jan 73. He was a founder member of the Ch.Ch. Club. which came into his existence in '56 LT. 7.5.70 : 26.7.70 : 26.10.70 : 27.1.73 : 22.6.72 : 14.1.76 :; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 47 , Sin John Hall He took the place of the Rev. James Buller on the Bd. of Gov. of Canty Coll Mar. 76. In 79 he resigned frim the Lea. Coun. for the second time and won the Selwyn seat. He moved an amend ment on which was G rey was defeated and was himself in sited to form a mistre . He took office in 8.10.79, with whitaker, Atkinson Rolleston, Oliver s Bice as cabinet . His cautious administer t assured the finances of the country ,whilst his social policy satisfied for the time the Liberals. Trienal Parl's and universal suffrage became law. Land settlement was pressed forward Te White and Tohn were arrested and Hall was widely criticised for his Maori policy. However in a general election the electors showed approval of his policy. Owing to his health he handed over the premiership to Atkins on a Ap. 82 and he was Knighted soon after. He resigned his seat in but he was returned again Jour years later and thew himself heart and soul into giving women the vote After long struggles, and after being rejected once y the Leg. Coun, the bill became law and he resigned his seat in '93. The last public task he under took was the Mayoralty of Ch.Ch. during the Exhibition year of 1906 . Deng He had been chairman of the first Connal of Ch.Ch , When he accepted this apostle tash in his old age, te publi LT. 29.1.76 : 14.3.76 : 9.2.78 : 11.1.77 : 7.11.84 :; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 41 Se John Hall eph t seemed to come at long last to a full recognition of his life ing service to him the community and the sentiment evince d towards in addition to the Admit.on and respect so long accorded, or blossomed into affection . But he found when he actually started on the work , that. at 82. was too much for him. C.M. Louisson, who was deputy Mayor , had to do most of the work. When he was returned as Mayor, 2.5.06 he spoke of the times when he was chairman of the Coun. in . He told of the working be which put Cashel St. into reasonable condition (not to be confused with the earlier working bee commer m rated by the stone in Cashel St. opposite the D.I.C.I.: of the planting f the belts and the rive banks; of Capt. Moore , first aty surveyor; the sinking of the first artes ian well at the corner of High and Manchester Sts. He told how the N.Z. Govt. stole the block enclosed by Montreal, Durham Cashel + Hereford Streets which was meant for a Provincial Parade Ground . The Council had had to sell their 10000 ac. endowment for cash. Where Auth oy Trollope the novelist was in ChCh. he and John Hall who had both been young men together in the G.P.o at St. Martins - le Grand exchanged old P.O memories. When Lord Lyttelton made his visit to Canty in '68 , he visited the Terrace P. 3.5.06 :; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 41 Sn gon Hall 12 station and found Mrs Hall and her family living "in much comfort This was high praise from him. He made disparaging remarks about most places he visited. When fe was ill in '67 he evidently th aug t he had not long to live, for the station was their advertised for sale in blocks. The 1 t of the station and ie management o the flock was a way s Kept at a high level . He started early to freehold his run It is believed that he was the originator of the syste of Lening boning by which strips of 20 ac were alternated with strips of slightly es acreage ; 20 ac. was the with miming acreage the Waste Lands Board would deal. Whether he was or not. to freehold .For his Ein was a laudable ambition 's a run. holder and no- oe could blame him for doing it in the cheapest way possible. He was an excellent employer and his men stayed. His frock was founded on Gibson merinos frum Tasmania and oas kept to a high standard. The Hall brothers had interests in various other Jansen when the. . el t r Less to Chas ed rush was on to bry tins. John owned Westerfield for a short tines George W. in '5 and Thomas W Hall owned Highbank till '55. Thomas leeds at Ellos ton Gran ge near Timaru most of his life. The two older brothers were both men of ability but were not in the same class as John. L.T.: 5.08 says John Hall was the first owner of Wynn Williams section on Worcester St East looking acs Lat. S8. and built a small Cop house on it in the s0s while he was R.M. and after he returned from; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 41 in John Hall Eng. with his wife occupied it again. But later he made his Ch . Ch. home on Park Terrace. JTh R.M. held his Court in a small Wooden addition to the old Land fe by Worc. St. bridge. He was a starch C. of E. man and was a typical early Canty settler. In a letter written to Henry Selfe , he is deeply pect at the proportion of Irish amigos the i migrants and says that this o making Canty something quite different from the original conception . Selfe wie probably see him back in Eng soon He mentions that the proprietors of the Press (see3 . Fitz Gerard) sold the paper to Fits.G. who was to be manager not editor. When he re turned to Parlt in '91 he was described as "Hall, the dry mese with the carful manner of one ever ready to rush to the rescue with healing balsam and cold Plat iron and crying and was it hurt then. the pretty dear) in 93 Reviewing his carers , the Lylt. Times , usually be Her ly opposed to him says, "Despite his faults of an unsympathetic nature and a disposition to be critical + severe , he stands with re t reproach in all the relations of life - - as a friend, as an employer , as a land lord , as a neigh born and as a patriarch beloved and respected bol most by those who knew him best" (LT. 26.9.93) He was a small man , lightly built with face described as boyish + as a; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 41 Sh John Harle younger man. Mary small men of brains and energy are fo consciously forced to be self assertive in their efforts to Kep ahead of their physically 1air rivals. Crosbie ward , who often wrote rather hardly of him and unkindly stressed his small stature was not a man of property and probably felt a hostility to were, a man who certainly was. His satirical poems and parodies oe brilliant. Poor Cock Canterbury Who juggles the frances ) ds, s4ys Hall With my cup and ball ) Juggle the finances When urging on the West Make the road Johnny, ny dear Johnny Coast Road, Make the road, Johnny , my little man Anywhere , anyhow over the mountains Do it as quickly , iny bory , as yon cam. The New Govt. The Public works ties his to Sway With mandate none dare disobey His place would suit ine .J opine ) would John Halls high lot were mine. Canty. Rhymes.; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H.41 Se Johns Hall 15 The New Govt. From super whims he mcst sear clear and with his friends in office steer His Bills the Council may overhaul No. No I o would not be John Hall Fran his famous parody Shrewd and subtle John lok ar Longfellow s He, the double barreled Justice Ever prompt to give opinions. when the Squatters were and at once he shoved his Oar in fighting to consolidate In his customary manner their Land regulations assent to these proposals With a trifling seer+at ion But the shep herds, the rumbold ers Them ye shall not touch nor injure Crosbie ward from L. T. It adm its of litte doubt that Mt Halls loss to the colonies is expected (by himself) to cause universal regret; and that. in the; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: Sn John Hall B. 41 absence, Even temporarily of its ablest official and dist gifted statesman, the Province of Canty will sustain an ore arable bos public loss. Should some improbable accident not interfere, the future of this now flourishing stale, this suddenly deprived of ith mam safeguard and support mist be one of rapid descent into the depths of adversity." He shrewd ly suspect that Mr J.H. is conscientiously afraid that his departure will be almost teo great an injury for the province to undergo, and that he sincerely regrets his inability to take in himself the charge of all public affairs Mr. J.H. the indefatigable sharp sighted v arise but with al conscientious official was an excellent ally on this occasion for the very reason why he is not an able legislator. He too had bean a secretary , he too had long felt the "spretace njuria formace "; he too knew that it was not good for secretaries to rest in peace and he did his sharpest to worry his ants gon ist. If he had been found in the early morning sharpening his teth in an upper chamber , it wailed not have been surprising. It is possible that he had been poring during the cern on over the honed records of the last days of his tower, storing up the old bitterness in his bos ou, he went so Viciously to work. Yes ) He Knew what it was to be billed. He remembered how the scalding tears had poured down his own checks in the death struggle and how his friend Mt Packer had become almost a maniac under the torture.; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: Sir Cohn Hall 17 H.41. Gisborne on "There is nothing especially striking in his character , but it is a combination of useful qualities, and this combination has enabled him the or n a long carers years to render valuable public service to N.Z . It may, through a on the whol e be said of Si John Hall that what ever he ded , he did credit ably. He was always pam staking, accurate, conser cent tous and intelligent; Ond his know ledge of pub le business is thorough He is perhaps more an official than a states man. It is difficult however , to determine the boundary line between the too; the official frontier is steadily advancing, and certainly there is nothing necessarily antagonistic in the one to the other . Although many officials are not states men, it is generally the case nowadays that statesmen are good officials ; and there is no doubt that a practical Knowledge of fil business is an imp or ant element in statesmanship. At all events Sir John Hall was a born officiat and he became a very useful states mee . His fiat ap tit ue was underfu and he looked upon the transaction f public bus mess as a labuan of love . Correspondence in public service , files f former papers, memorandum returns, dispatch bores and pigeon holes were to him what as yun nasi is to an athlete, and mas ended Alps are to a member of the Alpine Club. But. apart from his great official qualifications; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 41 Se John Halle 18 of a salesman . He has moderation , judgement, common sense . He is not apt rin into extremes ; he is ever ready to retrace his steps, as far as practicable when he has made a mistake , and he i sedona at fails in what. borrowing f a nautical ferm , I may call his dead reckoning. His f s are comparatively is failings a ) slight and superficial . He is fussy over details , occasionally pete lant narrow in some of hs politica views , and wanting in Enthu season . He is not eloquent, but he is a good debaters , and his speeches were on the whole effective. Al round, he has been one of e best public men in N.Z. Perhaps the great secret of his success has ban industry - and indomitable pluck. He never spared himself and, on some occasions, stood at his post hi spite serious ith ess . His political Views , as may be inferred from his general character, L ave never been extras or eloquent prejudiced. He os too sensible to confound the means with the end , and not to discriminate bet wee the use and abuse of gredt p unarples. ( End of Gisborne) to the above may be added that his speediest were inclined to be very lengthy (not unusual in those days) and they were always armed at the reason a certain not the emotions f his listeners He inclined to be sharp was pushes s and to treat a slower thinking opponent with something like contempt. He thus roused good deal of dislike. But he was always on hand when a difficult im pleasant oh was to be done. N. 7W 8s (4 18s oo 8 3; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 41 Si John Hell 79. "P hiz , parliamentary reporter to the Press f Gen Assaul Library) says y nature a fighter and a leader. Has tireless ness , sinewy but half concealed strength and an mer hans tile and restless energy with all his out ward sedate nes he some times shows that he has still beak and claws with which to strike. Has mether the patience nor the coldness of Rolleston Ph1z thinks he is much more than a dry as - Clist administrator - he has a Quotient strain and will tilt at wind miles (E.g. Womens suffrage : There are numerous letters fr on John Halls father to him in ter Gen. Assembly Library, The old man seemed to set particular store by his youngest son. He told him that he had got a good pony to carry him from Ell ought n to Hill where he had to preside as Senior master of Trinity House. E.J. Burke speaks of J.4'3 "clear, persistent. argumentative voice. When de he died his benefactors were found to be on the grand scale and to conform the Aia that he was a man of wide views . He evidently felt that N.Z. nad given him his chance to show his ability and that he was under a debt to his adopted county. He already established his ter sons and he left ovar Â£5000 to be split up as follows . He left Â£30000 the moms from which was to be used by the brister as folles -; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H , Sa John Hall. 20 Â£10000 to the Boys Gordon Hall Trist . 6 10000 for a brick stone church at Hororata; Â£2000 the mcme of which was to go towards the woes stipend of the Vicar of St. Johns , Hororata; -1000 to go towards building a Synod b o+se hall and Chapter house and numerous legacies So0, although he was a man of property . he wanted to do more than lear his sons wealthy men. He d. 25.6.07 ag. 82 wife, Rose Anne . 22.12.28 at Coin ham Jokes. d. Park Tarar 12.5.00 ag. 7 family wilfred b.15.54 sons John Dryden b educ X's Coll; senior Somes Scholar, B.H. Rebbe Coll. Oxford 27. Asst. master X's Coll 90-91 : Fellow X's Coll: farmed at Glenroy near his brother Godfrey. member A +P. Assoc. + Sheep owners hi ron,; life member Hororata Racing Club; Millet aing .M. Potts she d. 1.12.3. g '64 Sec. Ch .Ch. Droeran Synod s marr. Helen Sabonis polis haw L.20.12.43. b.65 John Dryden ; educ. X's Coll; played for Xi. n played for Canty Ei and for Oxford Univ. 3 "85.86-8 ; B.A. St Johns Coll Oxford 58 Banister at Law , Inner Temple partner Duncan + Co frill Ch.Ch. ; took part in public affairs ; stood twice for Ch.Ch. North electorate; master Ch .Ch. Hounds. Returned to the county and farmed Haldon Pe stares, Hororata; marr. Helen Tarbotton Cowlishaw d. 9.7.41.; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: H. 41 In John Hall dau. Mildred marr. Cracroft Wilson - ale pres. of Phuket Soc .Ch.Ch. family. Mary. d. Hororata 3.88 ag. 20. Godfrey farmed Terrace Station Homestead marr. 6.3.12 Margaretta Hamilton elder dau . Frederick Geo. Thomas of Riwaka , Nelson. raced successfully ; named one of his horses Cot ingham alter his mothers birthplace d. 53. Sir John Hall had two sisters Anne Williamson and Grace William son who married John Sig den Neal. His father spent 20 years at sea during the Napoleonic wars , was taken prisoner and confined for 6 + years in a pr somers of na Camp in Anson,e, S. of France from which he as caped. Sewell on John Hall when he ferst met him he is looked forward to as a practical man for the manag ment of public affairs - had been See. to head Col. Maber er - permanent P.O. Eng. After they had had differences " concerted. self opine ted, moderately clever - only half- bred, socially Offensive" Se John Hall was one of the great early tre planters; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: Se John Hall 22 H. 41 story of his educ. on the Continent. When his father escaped from the prisoner of war camp the value of being able to speak other languages was strongly impressed on him . He therefore sent John to the Continent to finish his Educ. in Germany, Switzerland + Paris . He returned to England at the age of 16 and received ho fir ther regular education but found +Gerian owing to his knowledge of French that he was immediately able to earm his living. and entered a merchants office in London and remained there 3 years. He then entered the Secretary s Office of the London G.P.O. and became Private Sec. to the Ie. of the P.O. While he held this position , out. Waghorn who had initiated the system of bringing Indian mails overland to Eng. proposed a scheme for bringing Indian mails overland by Trieste and Germany instead of by Marseilles. John Hall , then 21, was selected to go over the ground and report an the proposal ; but owing to Treasury objections, the idea was el oft ed. He was selected for hie post of Chuff Postmaster of Co Brighton r but Orien Victoria intervened with a protege of her own. Weekly Press 8.7.07.; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
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