The Australian News for Home Readers (Vic. : 1864 – 1867 Wednesday 27 June 1866
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Mr Verdon, the Treasurer of Victoria, took his departure to England with the last mail, as a plenipotentiary from the colony to the parent State, on a mission of great importance to both. On the morning of his departure, he was entertained at a dejeuner, at Menzies’ Hotel. This graceful compliment was as spontaneous as it was hearty, and, as such, of infinitely greater significance than if it had been a mere cut and dried affair, got up by dint of diligent touting, and intended impliedly to bear a partisan interpretation. Seventy gentlemen were present at the dejeuner, although the reunion was almost an impromptu one, and there was no mistake as to the nature of the brief though telling speech made by Mr Verdon. In him the colony will have an eloquent and earnest advocate, and his presence in England, at a time when we are vilified and scandalised by self-constituted patrons, cannot but be beneficial. His duties will be far from being a sinecure. Part of his mission has special reference to the defences. He has to expend the moneys to be raised by loan, and he has, in his capacity of Treasurer, to see that the debentures are advantageously placed in the market. His other duty in this behalf is to obtain what assistance he can from the Imperial Government. The shipment of the mint plant, the contracting for another loan, if possible in these times of financial dismay, and the appointment of a colonial agent, are also matters which Mr Verdon will attend to.