Object #1000718 from MS-Papers-0032-0184

4 pages written 11 Apr 1859 by Sir Thomas Robert Gore Browne to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward and outward letters - Sir Thomas Gore Browne (Governor), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0184 (73 digitised items). 73 letters letters, 1861-1862. Includes some draft letters from McLean to Browne. Also one letter from Harriet Gore Bowne (undated).

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Letter from T.G.B. to Donald McLean Esq. dated 11th. April (no date of year)

COPY Private. 11th. April 1859

(no year date)


My dear McLean,

I write you a line to tell you that the ''Iris'' and the ''Elk'' Brig of war, are both in the harbour. I propose, D.V., to go to Wellington in the ''White Swan'', and to come back in the ''Elk'' touching at Napier. We give the Ball usually given on the Queen's

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birthday, on the 25th. April; and the Brig is to leave for Wellington after that as soon as she pleases. Under all the circumstances, I shall land quietly at Wellington; so do not be surprised if you do not see the flag up. Say nothing of this to others. We may as well go on to Wanganui as soon as we can; and I can do anything required of me

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at Wellington on my return.

Carleton keeps up his agitation for the next purchase of land; but although he thinks success certain, I learn there is a great difference of opinion on the subject. Tomati Wake is here, and I am to see him to-morrow. Turton has got his instructions, and is to return in 3 months, via the Waikato.

There is an ugly report that three Europeans have been

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murdered in the Waikato, but I do not believe it.

I have had various lengthy interviews with Sewell, and have (I trust) made him see Native affairs in a different light from that which he saw them when I arrived.

I know you will like to hear that we are all alive again, through the brats have had the croup, and I picked up a sort of influenza. You will have heard of the sad death of Mr. Lloyd's eldest boy. It was very

English (ATL)

Letter from T.G.B. to Donald McLean Esq. dated 11th. April (no date of year)

COPY Private. 11th. April 1859

(no year date)


My dear McLean,

I write you a line to tell you that the ''Iris'' and the ''Elk'' Brig of war, are both in the harbour. I propose, D.V., to go to Wellington in the ''White Swan'', and to come back in the ''Elk'' touching at Napier. We give the Ball usually given on the Queen's birthday, on the 25th. April; and the Brig is to leave for Wellington after that as soon as she pleases. Under all the circumstances, I shall land quietly at Wellington; so do not be surprised if you do not see the flag up. Say nothing of this to others. We may as well go on to Wanganui as soon as we can; and I can do anything required of me at Wellington on my return.

Carleton keeps up his agitation for the next purchase of land; but although he thinks success certain, I learn there is a great difference of opinion on the subject. Tomati Wake is here, and I am to see him to-morrow. Turton has got his instructions, and is to return in 3 months, via the Waikato.

There is an ugly report that three Europeans have been murdered in the Waikato, but I do not believe it.

I have had various lengthy interviews with Sewell, and have (I trust) made him see Native affairs in a different light from that which he saw them when I arrived.

I know you will like to hear that we are all alive again, through the brats have had the croup, and I picked up a sort of influenza. You will have heard of the sad death of Mr. Lloyd's eldest boy. It was very unexpected, and has caused great sorrow and sympathy.

Believe me, my dear McLean,
yours very sincerely (Signed)
T.G.B.
To:- Donald McLean Esq.

Part of:
Inward and outward letters - Sir Thomas Gore Browne (Governor), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0184 (73 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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