Sydney: December 23, 1874. Autographed manuscript letter on Government House Sydney letterhead stationery, addressed to "My dear Mr. Parker", and signed in full, "Hercules Robinson".
Governor Robinson (1824 -1897) writes, "Saturday -- any hour about 11 o'clock. To return after last race. I hope you will come too; I have a couple of horses running".
The Governor is noted for his involvement in the search for the Kelly gang, assigning his nephew and black trackers to the case, and his love of horse racing. He collected outstanding horses, including Kingsborough, who won the Australian Jockey Club Derby two years in a row, and became patron of several racing clubs. He was a British colonial administrator who became the 5th Governor of Hong Kong and subsequently, the 14th Governor of New South Wales, the first Governor of Fiji, and the 8th Governor of New Zealand.
5 x 8". Period folds flattened. Signature on the front page. Very good condition. Item #25876