Object #1000921 from MS-Papers-0032-0203

3 pages written by Moses Campbell to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Moses Campbell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0203 (12 digitised items). 11 letters and a memorandum written from Wanganui, 1845-1860

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English (ATL)

Memorandum for
D. McLean Esq.

My house at Wanganui was burned by order of Capt. Lay of the 58th. Regt. on the 20th. May 1847, the district being at the time under Martial Law.

The house, with lean-to, contained seven apartments, with garrets above, also kitchen adjoining, small store-house, large cow-shed, and fowl-house, apart from the house, all burned down at the same time.

I calcuate the different buildings contained upwards of fourteen thousand feet of timber, the price at the time being fourteen shillings per hundred.

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English (ATL)


Capt. Hardy, who commanded the party sent to burn the houses, would not allow sufficient time to remove all furniture, and in consequence of which, credited to the amount of Twenty pounds, were consumed, amongst others, twenty-six bushels of wheat and barley.

The very bed I slept on was torn down, because time would not be allowed to send for a key to take it to pieces. Indeed, had it not been for the assistance of Mr. Harrison and some others of my friends, I should have lost nearly all the houses contained at the time, the soldiers not offering any assistance.

Since the destruction of my premises, I have been paying at the rate of £25 per annum of house rent.

(Signed)
M. Campbell.

English (ATL)

Memorandum for
D. McLean Esq.

My house at Wanganui was burned by order of Capt. Lay of the 58th. Regt. on the 20th. May 1847, the district being at the time under Martial Law.

The house, with lean-to, contained seven apartments, with garrets above, also kitchen adjoining, small store-house, large cow-shed, and fowl-house, apart from the house, all burned down at the same time.

I calcuate the different buildings contained upwards of fourteen thousand feet of timber, the price at the time being fourteen shillings per hundred.

Capt. Hardy, who commanded the party sent to burn the houses, would not allow sufficient time to remove all furniture, and in consequence of which, credited to the amount of Twenty pounds, were consumed, amongst others, twenty-six bushels of wheat and barley.

The very bed I slept on was torn down, because time would not be allowed to send for a key to take it to pieces. Indeed, had it not been for the assistance of Mr. Harrison and some others of my friends, I should have lost nearly all the houses contained at the time, the soldiers not offering any assistance.

Since the destruction of my premises, I have been paying at the rate of £25 per annum of house rent.

(Signed)
M. Campbell.

Part of:
Inward letters - Moses Campbell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0203 (12 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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