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To Aaron Sherritt from Joe Byrne asking him to join the Kelly Gang

VPRS 4969 Consignment P0 Unit 1 Item 18 Record 14 Document: To Aaron Sherritt from Joe Byrne asking him to join the Kelly Gang

26/06/1879

Overview

This letter was written to Aaron Sherritt by Joe Byrne. It is perhaps the only surviving document to have been written by Byrne. The letter was passed on to the police at the Benalla police station through Aaron’s mother and has been in the Victorian Government’s possession for the past 121 years. The letter informs Aaron that the gang are aware he is suspected by many as being a traitor and that “Neddie and I have come to the conclusion to get you to join us”. Aaron never did join the gang and his role as an agent for the police was never fully proven. By mid 1880, Sherritt’s conduct had become suspicious enough to the outlaws for them to decide that murder was the only solution to the problem of his disloyalty.

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June 26.1879Dear Aaron I write these few stolen lines to you to let you know that I am still living I am not the least afraid of being captured dear Aaron meet me you and Jack this side of Puzzel ranges Neddie and I has come t the conclusion to get you to join us I was advised to turn treater bit I said that I would die at Ned’s side first Dear Aaron it is best for you to join us Aaron a short time and a jolly one the Lloyds and Quinns wants you shot but I say no you ar on our side If it is no thing only for the sake of your mother sisters We sent that bloody Hart to your place twice did my mother tell you the message that I left for you I slept at home three days on the 24 of may did Patsy give you the booty I left for you I intend

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VPRS 4969 Consignment P0 Unit 1 Item 18 Record 14 Document: To Aaron Sherritt from Joe Byrne asking him to join the Kelly Gang


to pay old sandy doig and old Mullane Oh that bloody snob where is he I will make a targat of him meet me on next Thursday you and jack and we will have another bank quite handy I told Hart to call last Thursday evening I wold like to know if he obeyed us or not if not we will shoot him if you come on our tracks, close your puss you know you were at Kates several times you had just gone one night as we came we followed you four miles but returned without success If you do not meet me where I ask you meet me under london you know I will riddle that bloody Mullane, If I catch him no more from the enforced outlaw till I see yourself

I remain yours truly
you know

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VPRS 4969 Consignment P0 Unit 1 Item 18 Record 14 Document: To Aaron Sherritt from Joe Byrne asking him to join the Kelly Gang


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