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From Historical Hastings
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the worth of the present movement and the unworthy manoeuvers now being put into practice to accomplish the end in view.”
“I am very truly yours, J. G.”
“St. Leonards-on-sea, Dec. 3rd, 1860.”

That J. G. was perfectly right in his statement that an attempt was to be made at the next Council meeting to get Mr. Gausden out of the deputation is shown by the following extract from

The St. Leonards Gazette. This journal, of the 8th of December, said “Those of our readers who are familiar with the present agitation on the part of a few members of the Hastings Town Council to deprive St. Leonards of its Post Office, will remember that a committee was appointed as a deputation to wait on the Postmaster-General to confer with him on the subject. The Committee having neglected to to execute their mission in consequence of there being one member opposed to the views of the others, an attempt was made at the meeting of the Council held yesterday afternoon to remove this obnoxious gentleman from his appointed post by a motion to rescind the order of September last. In making this motion, Alderman Ginner – who, on this occasion had been the prime mover throughout, sought to justify his conduct by saying that he never knew hope planters when they intended to wait on the Chancellor of the Echecquer(sic), send to Canterbury or Maidstone for someone to go with them who was opposed to their view; and, for the same reason, he had objected to Mr. Gausden. That Ald. Ginner, of all men, should have given such an infelicitous illustration to his motion was incomprehensible. The two cases were not at all similar in their bearings. Mr. Gausden was a member of the Corporation as representative of the West Ward, which would be most affected by the change, and he was also one of the four appointed as the deputation. The motion to rescind the previous order having found a ready seconder – as was to be expected – in Ald. Ross, Coun. Gausden proceeded to lay such a statement before the meeting as, while it laid bare the unworthy attempts of Messrs. Ginner, Ross and Bromley to get him off the committee, told with crushing effect against the promoters of the agitation. It was, he remarked, a serious question, and one that involved the independent voice of the Council. He would ask if such treatment as he described was due to him, and whether Aldermen Ginner and Ross considered the character of an Englishman was such as to permit him to bear it? Mr. Gausden then went into details respecting the recent official return of missent letters and other matters connected with the postal question, in which he proved by facts and figures the misrepresentations of Mr. Ginner and the truth of all that has been put forth in the St. Leonards Gazette. By an analysis of the 17,000 letters said to have been delayed, it was shown that 9,000 suffered no delay whatsoever, and that of -