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!! Ballina Chronicle; July 3, 1850; Thomas Orde Lees Retires

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Co. Mayo Wednesday, July 3, 1850 THOMAS ORDE LEES, ESQ. On this day Mr. Lees retires from the Secretaryship of the Post-office, and
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 13, 2006
      Ballina, Co. Mayo
      Wednesday, July 3, 1850


      On this day Mr. Lees retires from the Secretaryship of the Post-office,
      and will be replaced by Mr. Cornwall Lewis, a gentleman of whom public
      report speaks highly. It is to be hoped the successor of Mr. Lees will
      exhibit, in the administration of the Post-office, the same sterling
      qualities which have recommended Mr. Lees to the esteem and affection of all
      who had to transact business in his department. Perhaps no public officer in
      the discharge of laborious and often irksome duties has ever done so much to
      disarm hostility or to afford every possible convenience to the press and
      public. It is almost incidental to such an office to be engaged in constant
      inquiries relative to matters which are calculated to excite rather than
      assure - and we have had our share of such references-but n every instance,
      and without a single exception, we ever found in Mr. Lees the bland and
      polished gentleman, the able and intelligent officer, the painstaking public
      servant, who knew so well how to reconcile his duties to the crown, with his
      anxiety for both public and private interests. He never protected abuse from
      the light of proper inquiry. When a complaint was made- and in such an
      extensive department as the postal administration of an entire kingdom,
      causes of complaint will occasionally arise.- Mr. Lees patiently heard and
      to the extent of his power afforded redress. But whether the complainant was
      or was not satisfied with the extent of the remedy, he was, at least,
      thoroughly impressed with the conviction that Mr. Lees had left nothing
      undone to satisfy the exigency of his complaint. It will be difficult to
      replace this worthy man, who carries with him into an honourable retirement
      the esteem and regard of every citizen in Dublin.
      For over fifty years, Mr. Lees has discharged the duties of a most
      arduous office without making even a passing enemy, while he has imposed
      obligation on ourselves- and we think the Dublin press might be included-
      which it would be difficult indeed to repay. His loss to the community will
      be deeply felt; but by none more than the press, whose interests he
      constantly facilitated with indefatigable promptitude and kindness. Half a
      century is a long period to toss the capacities and tempers of public men,
      in both which Mr. Lees has been during that long period without a rival. By
      following such a model of efficiency and urbanity, his successor will
      command the same amount of attachment and respect, and retire into the
      repose of private life with the same honourable conviction, that he had
      earned the applause of his fellow citizens by deserving it.--Freeman's

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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