Object #1000726 from MS-Papers-0032-0222

3 pages written 30 Sep 1875 by William Colenso to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0222 (85 digitised items). 82 letters written from Waitangi (Hawke's Bay) & Napier. Includes letters from McLean to Colenso, and newspaper cuttings re Maori English lexicon

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(No answer required) (Private) Thursday Evg. Sept. 30/75.


Dear Sir Donald McLean,

I am just back from the Country Inspg. schools, and my hand is still shaky from motion of train, etc. etc.

Enclosed I send you a copy of last Saty's ''Wananga'' I have marked a few passages for your notice. J. W. (to please his employers, I suppose,) always translates with a twist against the Govt. sometimes the plural for the singular and sometimes the downright positive statement for a mere allusion.

You will also see what he says of the ''Waka Maori''! A short time ago he copied a severe and lying article from the Evg. Star against Mr. Ormond, and then, too, making the black (as in that paper) more black. (I sent that to Mr. O.)

I also noticed in the ''Auckland Wkly. News'' that G. T. C. (Chapman, I suppose) was very severe upon you! Outrageously so! perhaps you saw it. - I think it was in the paper of 18th - or, possibly, 11th.

I hope you are still well in health - strong against all your pol. foes.

Tanner was telling me yesterday, that the Court of Appeal had as good as said, that, the mere passing of a Block through the Native Land's Court did not confer such a legal title as a party could take a stand on: - If so; Could not H. R. R. be yet approached re the old villages of Waipukurau? (You may remember I spoke to you about this, some years ago:- as youreserved it (the village) to and for the poor folks all living in it, in the name of Her Majesty - otherwise they would not have signed the Deeds of the old (1st) Hapuku Block.

If the matter of the Mao. Lex. comes up at all, I shall not be surprised if Sir G. G. speaks against it; (or against myself). Notwithstanding all his former old and long fine talk to me! Should he do so, you may quietly point out to him what I have said of him (in that matter) in my resume. I hope, my dear Sir Donald, you will get me that resume printed.


Believe me ever, Yours very truly,
W. Colenso.

P. S. Latimer, whom you once knew, has gained his degree of B. A. at the University of Camb. and is now going in for M. A., and studying at the Temple, London.

Part of:
Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0222 (85 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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