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On August 8 the Colonist in its account of a meeting of citizens to form an Immigration Board for the assistance of new arrivals reported in detail a speech by Verney about some of the types of dubious or unsuitable immigrants he had encountered in the colony, persons absurdly ill qualified or unwilling to work. Verney describes the arrival of the Tynemouth in his letters quite fully, no doubt because of his father's special interest. On September 20 he states that he and his men have prepared the Marine Barracks for the reception of the immigrants, and entertained many of them on the Grappler at a regatta.
The Colonist reported (January 25) that despite rival attractions the Lyceum Hall was completely full and that Verney made his abstruse subject interesting. Late in May, when on the eve of his return to England he resigned from the committee of management, he was given an unanimous vote of thanks. The Colonist reported (May 27) that he had been one of the originators of the Institute, and ever since one of the most active and useful supporters, and stated that his departure would be a great loss to the community generally, where he had been foremost in good works.
He urged his son, "so to conduct yourself that no one, & especially no naval officer, may have reason to say that you in any degree improperly officiously or forwardly take part in matters not professional. D. " In fact, however, only one of Verney's extra-naval activities seems to have caused any significant controversy, his sitting on the bench as a magistrate;50 and his father's advice may not have proved altogether helpful in this matter, for Sir Harry expressed the hope that his son would learn as much as he could on Vancouver Island that would fit him for his later life as a country gentleman, including the duties of a magistrate.
Albert Einstein by Sabine Werner