A printed and handwritten document in sepia ink giving James Reddy Clendon as Customs Officer, the right to search, dated 1865. The document reads "VICTORIA by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and/ Ireland Queen Defender of the Faith and so forth:/ To all and singular Our Officers and Ministers Justices assigned to keep the Peace and to all other Our liege Subjects within Our/ Colony of New Zealand/ GREETING:/ WHEREAS James Reddy Clendon has been duly appointed an Officer of/ Customs under "The Customs Regulation Act 1858"/ Now therefore we command and firmly enjoin and require you and each of you that permits the said James Reddy Clendon/ and his assistants and each and every of them from time to time as they or either or any of them may will and desire with or/ without the assistance of any Constable Police or other Public Officer in the day time to enter into and search any house shop/ cellar warehouse room or other place within our said Colony and in case of resistance to break open doors chests trunks and/ other packages and seize and bring away any uncustomed or prohibited goods and put and secure the same in the Queen's/ warehouse. And moreover to do and execute all acts and things which by right and according to the said "Customs Regulation/ Act 1858" and the Laws of the land it shall be lawful to do. And we command and firmly enjoin and require you and each and/ every of you that you aid and assist the said James Reddy Clendon/ and his assistants and every of them in the execution of these presents from time to time in a fit and proper manner./ And herein and in every particular hereof that you fail not upon pain of the peril that may ensue./ Witness George Alfred Arney [crossed out and replaced with] Alexander James Johnston Esquire Chief Justice [crossed out and replaced in ink with] a Judge of our Supreme Court/ in New Zealand at Auckland [crossed out and replaced in ink with] Wellington the ninth day/ of August 1865". There is a further ink inscription below the print of the Supreme Court Seal.
Dimensions: 210 x 340mm (0.2 x 0.3m)
Dimensions: 350 x 124mm (0.4 x 0.1m)
paper (fiber product)