Object #1000004 from MS-Papers-0032-0162

4 pages written 12 Feb 1866 by Reginald Newton Biggs in Christchurch City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Reginald N Biggs, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0162 (43 digitised items). 39 letters written from Wanganui, Tangoio, Wairoa, Christchurch, Tuparoa, Turanganui, Poverty Bay. Includes map of Wanganui sections, 1857 [?]. Names on map - Crass [?], C G Doughty, Thomas Kettle, F Watts, Awamoho, Pehira, W Jowett & R N Biggs (sections 26 & 27) by the Wanganui River. Includes letters from Biggs to Deighton, and Biggs to Fraser.

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English (ATL)

Christ Church,
12 Feby., 1866.

My dear Mr. McLean,

I was not able to do anything with Col. Hamilton about the 1/- a day for the Volunteers he told me the Govmt. would not spend a shilling more than they could help neither would he commit himself about giving them land instead of the 1/- per diem I saw Stafford only for a few minutes just before the steamer left so wasnot able to go into any question of the sort both he and Sir George seem to like the idea of getting rid of the Maoris who have surrendered Stafford looks upon all our work as useless unless something of the sort is done.

You will be glad to hear that te Ua has been taken and that he is on his way down to Wellington Tuke has got his Lieutny. which is more than we asked for he deserves all he gets - The Native and Defence Ministers are neither of them any good where any moving is concerned. I look upon the going of the Defence Minr. to Napier as not in any way likely to affect any plans you may have formed. I arrived here on Saturday it has rained ever since - from all I can hear money is very tight there are no works going on.

Yours very truly,
Reginald Newton Biggs

Part of:
Inward letters - Reginald N Biggs, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0162 (43 digitised items)
Series 1 Inward letters (English), Reference Number Series 1 Inward letters (English) (14501 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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