Object #1000940 from MS-Papers-0032-0274

4 pages written 16 Jun 1866 by Michael Fitzgerald in Turanganui to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Michael Fitzgerald, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0274 (63 digitised items). 61 letters written from Wellington, Wairoa, Coromandel, Auckland, Sydney, Napier (Melford Cottage) & Marton, 1865-1873, and undatedIncludes sketch map showing land purchased from H B Sealy by McLean in Milton Road, Napier (undated)

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Turanganui
16th June 66


My dear MacLean,

The survey for the sketch having been completed the map will be sent to you by next opportunity. The sum we agreed upon is really too little, and were it not for other work I would be obliged to relinquish the task. There will be of course nothing

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to be done after you receive it, but the usual finale. I understand that two parties Messrs. Brice and Pearse the latter of the firm of Turton and Preece of Auckland have paid money to the natives claiming ownership to the oil springs here in consideration of an agreement by the natives to let or sell. Brice(?) was or is a R.M. and both seem much interested about the annexation of this place

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to Hawkes Bay, expense seems not to be considered - one item a cutter employed at £12 per week looks as if their masters were in better funds than yours at Headquarters.

A Resident Magistrate is much required here not so much to punish as to keep up a proper state of things with blacks and whites, the present is an important time and much that has been

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gained may be lost by delay, Morgan's people have been acting too loosely and when all are gone away some advantage will be gained. Luke is gone to Waiapu on some business connected with the officer in Command there, of not a pleasant nature. Wilson's servant was drowned two days ago whilst crossing the River in the dark. No other news Believe me.


Yours truly,
M. Fitzgerald

English (ATL)

Turanganui
16th June 66


My dear MacLean,

The survey for the sketch having been completed the map will be sent to you by next opportunity. The sum we agreed upon is really too little, and were it not for other work I would be obliged to relinquish the task. There will be of course nothing to be done after you receive it, but the usual finale. I understand that two parties Messrs. Brice and Pearse the latter of the firm of Turton and Preece of Auckland have paid money to the natives claiming ownership to the oil springs here in consideration of an agreement by the natives to let or sell. Brice(?) was or is a R.M. and both seem much interested about the annexation of this place to Hawkes Bay, expense seems not to be considered - one item a cutter employed at £12 per week looks as if their masters were in better funds than yours at Headquarters.

A Resident Magistrate is much required here not so much to punish as to keep up a proper state of things with blacks and whites, the present is an important time and much that has been gained may be lost by delay, Morgan's people have been acting too loosely and when all are gone away some advantage will be gained. Luke is gone to Waiapu on some business connected with the officer in Command there, of not a pleasant nature. Wilson's servant was drowned two days ago whilst crossing the River in the dark. No other news Believe me.


Yours truly,
M. Fitzgerald

Part of:
Inward letters - Michael Fitzgerald, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0274 (63 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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