Sir,— I have no doubt that you will not allow an oppressed woman to be treated with the cruelty I have experienced a few days since. I am a woman of but few words, and plain spoken; and, therefore, if any mistake be made, I hope it will be placed, not to my fault, but to my want of sufficient power to express myself more fluently. Whatever my position may be, I have worked hard to keep my poor daughters in a good school, and given them such an education as I myself have not got. Imagine, Sir, the Sheriff, then, sending down the bailiff to seize upon my goods, and after exposing me — almost ruining me —quietly saying that he had mistaken me for a person of another name. Surely, Sir, there must be some protection for a woman endeavoring to support her children in decency; but for a Sheriff's officer, under mistake, to destroy one's credit, and have a thing of the kind thrown in the face of my family, is unheard of. I believe there is some remedy for the uncalled-for intrusion; and if the Sheriff or his officer do not, in your next paper, make an ample apology for the way they have acted. I shall be forced to apply to my lawyer for redress.
I am, Sir, yours,
Castlemaine, 13th September 1856