Object #1000220 from MS-Papers-0032-0421
3 pages written 2 Feb 1859 by James Mackay in Nelson Region to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - James Mackay (Junior), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0421 (52 digitised items).
43 letters written from Taupata, Massacre Bay; Motueka; Nelson; Collingwood; Kaikoura; Wellington; Picton; Auckland; Ohinemuri; Aorangi. Includes some letters from McLean to Mackay.Also includes letter to his father, 14 Nov 1861; letter to Pollen, 23 Jul 1874; letter to Ormond, Sep 1873.
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
2nd February 1859
My dear McLean
My Father and myself have just brought your brother up to see Major Richmond and whilst they are having a korero I shall just take five minutes to drop you a line to let you know of my movements - I have not been able to get away yet on account of the Census Forms for the Enumerators not having arrived till the last mail - I was pretty busy all last month with one thing and another, and I hope to start from Nelson about Monday next - I have received the letters about Whakatau, or rather I should say for him, but have not acknowledged them officially yet. I saw Stafford yesterday and he asked me whether I would accept the Commissionership of the Gold Fields, and I informed him I would, I suppose I may in a great measure consider you to be the cause of my getting the offer of this appointment, and I am exceedingly obliged to you for the interest you have always taken in me. I just came over in time to see Stafford, he goes today I believe - The diggings are going very well, and a good deal
of Gold has been procured during the last week, if I have time I intend sending you a few specimens of gold bearing Quartz by your brother, but I hardly think I shall be able to do it now.
Your brother paid me the sum of five pounds ten shillings, I intend speaking to Elliott about the other part of the account and see if I cannot get him to remember your payment of it at Auckland - I hear from your brother that Mrs.Gascoyne is likely to visit Nelson shortly, and that you intend coming with the Governor, I should very much like to see both you and Mrs. Gascoyne, but I expect I will be on the West Coast at the time you are here - Please remember me most kindly to Mrs. Gascoyne - and believe me
Yours most sincerely
James Mackay Jr.
I dare say there are fifty mistakes in this note but there are as many people talking and laughing all round me.
Inward letters - James Mackay (Junior), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0421 (52 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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