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it DEATH OF THE HON. JAS. H iNTY. r b (rr.oX THE Ev.cYEo MAIL.)' in INTrEESTING PARIrCUI L:l.S OF A to HISTOIIC CAIEER. to The news of the smdden demise of this gentlenmm, tiahe eadl of the tllartnlerslip t who first essaved Victorian colonisatiou, lespretki throul1 fth, cumentýreid and nsocial to- ysteins of tl .d"cit this morning with re amnatkable celtor" -Ills -ife-eo fall of ?n. a ruge incidlents so market with vigour u. and success-clo.sel inl his rlCyear, at so his late residelnce, Ricilnon l-hiill, at about 9 o'clock odthrods :'.iL1abxt h dif-past 7 be lie was h. ard tobe moving in his Ibeirooni; U-ni soonatiu?arlL-isl _-ustomary.rctll[ 1i coffee pias taken thilther 1by a domen tic. ll The pretaoiln'iel i' ercots, had jIisttitihnt been entre?a by himself in hii journal-a record complete with the. pr.wveda of the Spast53-years.. IHe was olibserrd to be in n- his usual ,stAte of lwaltl, but oil ru-epter he ing the rOOii.At 9 o'ciock.he as seeoon ly is ing acrosa the ,bad and quite dead.. Dr. he UIowling, the ulicault.diaser of the family, hno was at eone sant for, and pronounced ~hel y, cClso of leath to hiave Ieen npoplexy. ed The decenedi gentleman- ots .been for of some yearn past sfltferi'g front weakness, °d the result of his advanced years, natl tlhe ne recent variable weather, particulariy tlhe h extremlely cohl plnd .?inseasonable days which have .been experienced, and sup he poi'd tl1iave ihaistenedl his eld. As a re mid ilarkabole incident. it may be maentioned at th:at yesterday forenoon lie teleplioned as to his son, Mr:. Herbert Ilenty, ts, and insisteo upon his. hlavina his portrait re- taken that drty. Arrangements were aC 1.3 cordinghi made with Messrs. Forster and tn Martin, of Collins-street, and the deccased r- gentlenman visited the studio and was duly 1e- photographlid. Ho subsequently visited d the.oflig,.,f thie firm of whlich ho was timhe y cllief in Littlte ollins street west, and con vly versed with his son oil matters of business, -so evidencing evenat.that advancod ageo re it markable capacity for comnmercial almuinie .ly t-tion. lie reti-ed to rest at the usual ly hour in the evening. or The famiily who survive Mr. Ilenty are ad MIesrs. lteiry nal Herbert Ilenty, well known in the city as members of the firm P- of James Heaty and CO.; Mr. Thomas er flenty, a landowner at Pakenill, tire wife Mg of the lion. .James Balfour, and two ln i omarried daughters who.resided with him. I During his conversation with Mr. Herbert ts, yesterday, he casually mentioned that on of the proteous day he had ieen searching his ng private papers and had discovered the ori Ion ginal letter which in 1826 he sent to his tie brother Edward suggesting that they shoold - elmigrate to teo colonies. It was that co:u to rnunication which gave birth to the idea so sucoessfully carried out, and indlucel the he brothers ultimately to become the pioneers i of Victorian colonists. In 1828 they reached ad Western Australia, and from the day of to their arrival until his denth Mr. James ly Henty kept a completo record of all im tI portant events. As a natiooal history this vo work will be of interest, and there is but 1.) little doubt but that it will be presented to ed the state uas an early colonial memorial. The id firm subsequently transferred their business to Tasmania, where they embarked upon or successful whaling ventures. Their ships ie used to call at Portland Bay, in this colony, and in 1834 tlley settled down at that place as the first white illhalitants of the terri , tory. no Perhapsi the most signal service rendered in to the colony by Mr. lHenvy, of which loss at is known than of any other of his efforts,. was the part he took in securing aconstitu tion for the colonies. At this time lie ld happened to be in L'ondon, and various )' matters of colonial interest were subjects of frequent interviews with Lord John e Russell, the Premier. He visitoed the House , of Commons One eiveoning, and heard the to discussion upon thie bill proposed.lly the Government for granting tile constitutions, ih and was struck by. the -speech of Mr. r. Disraeli (thealate Jord Beaconsfield), who. of was strongly oliposilngthe measure. Mr. :h Ienty saunta note to Lord John to the fol lu lowingoffect--'IIf ?ou will waitforan hour 10 will give you cert?in information which r will be of vast importance toypu, nod oenable Syou to carry the bill.'l Lord John accept st ed the suggestiotin,and in; the omentimeo MAr. Ilenty hurried to the Jerusalem Coffee house, annd gathered somue nieispoaais just d arrived from Australia, and containing ro ports of large pqblio maoetiLaga;whiicih had been held hero urging for tlie freedom of' institutions. He returned to 'the Legk laturo and:sent the papers to the Premier, who announced the events recorded'theor a to the House, and completely satisfied his I opponents. Disraoli declared that" Heavenre t sent hd-wspalpers had shown the Opposition that it would be unwise to resist-the pass ing of- the bill,' and so the measure was f passed. On the following day Mr. Ierity t was inited to breakfast by t bhe moeiibres of the Ministry,.nnd in recognition of hIis valuable assistance Lord J.lolhn offerd im the position of Governor of Victoria. HIo declined the office. " I On Friday, lust the deceased gentleman Swas knoaked down by a big Newfound g which he kept, and the members of I the fatily were very anxious about him, fearing that the shock might injure him, I but Mr. Ilecnty laughed and sai hlie thought the dog wias more hurt than himself.. The following account is from Alfen of the Time:- The lion. Jamies Ionty, M.L.C., is the eldest son of tie late Thomas llenty, Esq., t and was born at Vest Tarring, in the county of Sussex, September 24, 1800. Mr. Tihomias IIenty was a considerable landed propri- i etor, and celebrated for his blreed of mcrino sheep, a brief accouent of wlich appeaors in t Hlorstcld's Ilisltor of Sasser, vol. 2. Dur- r ing the early part of his life Mr. Jamces Iienty engaged in farming pursuits on ilis d father's property, but subsequently joined b ti fami ly banking firm of HlInty and Co., t' at Arundlel, Worthing, and Steyninf, in 11 which Mr. Tihomas Ienty had a considor- o able interest This business, under the o s"alle nam.e, is still - uccessfully carried on , by nieilers of the" family. In 1828 Mr. n Thomas Ilenty, who had already elstab- c liiesd a connexion with Australia antd its peoplle by the consignment of his merinos thereto, dotercinned to sook for his large famlily a wider and mnore prolmising field. Tasmannnia was originally fixed upon as the future lhomeo of the famiily, but the Govern- I ment of tihe day, to frustrate some designs b of the French, being anxious to form a na settlement on the west coast of Australia, tl froui wlmunc Captnin Stirling had just re- tI turned withl glowin.g accounts, gave ecl- l couragement (ty offering large grants of land) to iparties of entrplriso and capital Iv willing to cmiigrate. T'ie barque Caroline lwas iccordingly charted, nod in her Mr. tl Jares lielnty, logethller withl two younger brothiere, liloult 100 of his father's best shRteii, 00on111 tltorllighbbred 1anti druliglut ul uouare, anlled alout 50 servants, set sail for o W5eiLern A? tlralia, Atmongst Ilite horlei inlpLrtcd bv Mr. Ieuty ishull bte recordedI i thue well-kIilewn tlhoroughibreds Wanderer antd Little .lohn, purclhase, whih Inny u " lUrroe froium the Earl of Egreiinoit. Theit blold of Iltuse sires lhan left. a pirirmnannoent inpiovement in the stolk of Tasilanin natl ic Vilctoria. After omuch axploration, involv. -' ing uoisideralle hardship, advculaurcs withl [A
the nDatives, &c., the search for land wa abandoned. Mr. IIenty proceeded to Tas mania, and after a visit to Europe in 1834, finally settled in Launceston (Tasmania) as a merchant. In 1842 he was offered by Sir John Franklin (of Arctic renown) a seat in the Legislative Council..which h do. clined. After another visit to England in 1848 Mr. lIenty determined to settle in Australia, and arrived in Melbourne, June, 1851, whcu he at once comtnenee:l business as a merchant, enlI established the firm of I whichl he is still thuehead. In 1852, after sejlaration from New Sutli Waoles,-NMr.: James IIenty was elected for Portlan I, for w hich town he sat till the inauguration of the NSow Constitution, when he sc as elhet?d th the Legislative Council as one of:tlio, representatives of the South-\estern Pro- I -ince, wlhicr-constitienoy has sinc-twioo returned him to 1'arliament. Mr. Ilenty was one of the early promnoters of the Melbourne and Ilobson's Bay IRailway, as dirctlor, and afterardnls chairman.--I-g lae alsooleea.chairmnaa to the Commission errdof Savings Bank, and ehainrmcn to the LiverpooL and London InsurancoComapany. It is worthy of record that the Ilenty family were the frst British-born subjects who attempted to form a permanent settle ment in Victoria, for in 1834,a year le fore either Battnan or Fawkner attemnpted a landing, the Memars. Ilenty had started a wlmaling establishment at Portland Buy, and taker posmessior of Australian ground.