Day provides the following note (A. Gore Day, Louis Becke, p. 150):
'The Becke despatch box in the Mitchell Library contains a typewritten letter from W. Telfer Campbell, Deputy Commissioner, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Betio, 9th October, 1900, to C. R. Swayne, Esq., Nandrulolo, Fiji, as follows:
I have the honour to forward herewith, in compliance with your request, a certified extract relating to a marriage performed at Nukufetau, Ellice Group, between Louis (Becke) and Nelea, a native of Nukufetau"
Fee for application in chambers and for affixing seal of court to the extract amounted to seven shillings and sixpence.'
No date is given for the marriage. In their book Bad Colonists Thomas and Eves quote a letter from a trader, George Winchcombe, which states that Becke arrived in Nukufetau on 7 May 1881 and left on 14 August 1881. Winchcombe, who admittedly had a poor opinion of Becke, described Nelea Tikena as a 'little girl ... about 14 years old' (p. 118).