Object #1000760 from MS-Papers-0032-0485

2 pages written 26 Apr 1871 by John Davies Ormond in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0485 (75 digitised items). 72 letters written from Auckland and Napier, 1871-1872

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Napier,

April 26 /71.



Dear McLean,

Since I closed my long letter to you I have one from Gisborne a passage of which shd. go on to you - he says "If you see or communicate with McLean do prevail on him to go as soon as possible to West Coast, Patea, there are little clouds rising there which will, if not dissipated by his personal exertions, soon bring confusion and disaster". All I know about West Coast affairs is from a Telegram Gisborne sent me the other day by mistake and which I burnt at once. You may have it, though from the in-considerate language used perhaps it was not sent you. It was from Bell calling on Fox as Premier to interfere and save the Govt. from the action you were taking referring to giving up land to the Natives in

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the West Coast. It is a great pity Bell is so impulsive and from the South I hear e talks too much of what is going on. When is he to retire - he ought to do so now he is to be proposed as Speaker.

If the West Coast is in so bad a state as Gisborne thinks could you not go there en route here - Everything is all right on this side of the Island and I hope will keep so. Any mess on the West Coast wd. be ruinous and I fear you have no officers there fit for an emergency Parris is the best but it wants something more than an official when difficulty comes

In case you have to go there and your coming here is postponed tell me how to arrange for you in that confounded Mangateretere thing - Barring that your other affairs could stand over if required - I must close as mail is going.


Yours always,
J. D. Ormond

P. S. I forgot to say I have closed with Perenera to take weekly mail to Cambridge from Tapuaehararu he is to get £150 a year. Of course if successful we must make it a daily service. He leaves Tapuaehararu on Monday next and says it will take 3 days to go to Cambridge the first trip and 2 days afterwards. He will remain a day at Cambridge for replies. I wd. recommend nothing shd. be said of this mail until we see how it works -of course Ministers will be advised and send Telegrams - not the public. J.D.O.

English (ATL)

Napier,

April 26 /71.



Dear McLean,

Since I closed my long letter to you I have one from Gisborne a passage of which shd. go on to you - he says "If you see or communicate with McLean do prevail on him to go as soon as possible to West Coast, Patea, there are little clouds rising there which will, if not dissipated by his personal exertions, soon bring confusion and disaster". All I know about West Coast affairs is from a Telegram Gisborne sent me the other day by mistake and which I burnt at once. You may have it, though from the in-considerate language used perhaps it was not sent you. It was from Bell calling on Fox as Premier to interfere and save the Govt. from the action you were taking referring to giving up land to the Natives in the West Coast. It is a great pity Bell is so impulsive and from the South I hear e talks too much of what is going on. When is he to retire - he ought to do so now he is to be proposed as Speaker.

If the West Coast is in so bad a state as Gisborne thinks could you not go there en route here - Everything is all right on this side of the Island and I hope will keep so. Any mess on the West Coast wd. be ruinous and I fear you have no officers there fit for an emergency Parris is the best but it wants something more than an official when difficulty comes

In case you have to go there and your coming here is postponed tell me how to arrange for you in that confounded Mangateretere thing - Barring that your other affairs could stand over if required - I must close as mail is going.


Yours always,
J. D. Ormond

P. S. I forgot to say I have closed with Perenera to take weekly mail to Cambridge from Tapuaehararu he is to get £150 a year. Of course if successful we must make it a daily service. He leaves Tapuaehararu on Monday next and says it will take 3 days to go to Cambridge the first trip and 2 days afterwards. He will remain a day at Cambridge for replies. I wd. recommend nothing shd. be said of this mail until we see how it works -of course Ministers will be advised and send Telegrams - not the public. J.D.O.

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Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0485 (75 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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