15th Octr. 1857.
My Dear Sir,
I am glad to tell you that Hoani te Hone has arrived at last, in his pretty little schooner, havg. entd. the harbour this morning. He had been lying snug, 1st for a fortnight at Coromandel, and again, for another, in a bay to the S. E. of the North Cape: so that he has avoided all this tempestuous weather at sea. He and his friends seem very thankful to you and others for the advice and assistance given him in selecting his vessel, I always tried to prevail on him not to run the risk of sailing this W. Coast with a Maori crew, but he wld. have his way, and I only hope that the spec. may be more successful than I fear it may be ---
I am happy to see, from the last Wanganui Paper, that Iwhikau is not at all likely to be supported in his political views (what a term!) by the Natives of that District. Indeed the chiefs generally oppose him greatly. It is said the Ngatiruanuis wld. agree to his pupuru --- wenua tikanga, but not to the other.
I see Mr. Richmond has gone on as far as
Collingwood, and probably will not very soon have a favourable chance of return. You must please not to consider the remarks in my former letter as a direct application to Govt. at present. I intended it, as a private letter to a friend, seeking information and advice, as to any office or situation wh. he might think suitable for me. And so, I doubt not, you understand it, though, in your note, you have slipped off the word "application". Of course I should not like to apply for anything in ignorance etc. --- much less shd. I like to have to decline an offer of Govt., if once made. You understand me. But I shall with you in Auckld., latter end of Nov. and then I am sure, you will be glad to talk the matter over once more. I am comparatively useless where I am, and without the means of visiting the people, and therefore I am not happy in my residence here. And I do not wish to live in the other Colonies, on account, chiefly, of the climates. And I do not like to bring up my family in the Bush except from necessity. I cld. cut the knot at once by going into business in Auckland, and thus have all my children at home, under my own and
Mrs.T's inspection; but somehow or other, I shrink from that kind of life, as being the last I wld. willingly enter on. But, of course, in a matter of this sort, I must submit to circumstances.
I am much obliged to you for your kind attentions to my sons and hope they deserve them, and profit from them. Mrs.T. sends her best respects.
Yours very truly
H. Hanson Turton.
P.S. If the Karere Maori is still published, will you please send me a few regularly, for distribution, as I never get to see them, and the natives often ask abt. them. Not that I think they value them much, after all. At Wellington, I see, they charge 6d each (i.e.I suppose, when they can get it).
Perhaps I was misinformed abt. Mr. M's desire to leave Kawhia, as he has given up thoughts of proceeding to Ak. at present. This place is as bad as N. Plyth. for reports etc.