Object #1000983 from MS-Papers-0032-0421

3 pages written 18 Jul 1875 by James Mackay in Auckland Region to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - James Mackay (Junior), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0421 (52 digitised items). 43 letters written from Taupata, Massacre Bay; Motueka; Nelson; Collingwood; Kaikoura; Wellington; Picton; Auckland; Ohinemuri; Aorangi. Includes some letters from McLean to Mackay.Also includes letter to his father, 14 Nov 1861; letter to Pollen, 23 Jul 1874; letter to Ormond, Sep 1873.

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Private and Confidential. Auckland

18 July 1875

My dear McLean,

I have been up all night, and am very nearly knocked up again. I have not had time to get a copy of the Ohinemuri agreement ready for you, but send the Provincial Gazette (two copies) containing it. I also send part of the proceedings Grey versus self and others - I am afraid have been done out of the other portion -

I have been quietly working for you here. I have silenced the Herald by putting Wilson, Stone and others in a stew about their kauri timber at Shortland - The ''Tcho'' my great opponent came and made the ''amende honorable'' to me a few days ago, and will during the Session be hand in hand with the Cross - I have enlightened my friend the Thames Advertiser on a few points and he promises better behaviour for the future -

This writ of Grey's did me great harm for a few days - but now proceedings are withdrawn it has gone back on to him tenfold - Swanson promises to support me and induce Sheehan to do likewise on land purchase or any other questions where I am attacked - and will try to soften Greys asperity -Vonder Hyde you must cultivate he is wavering he however said he would see justice done to me in re Tairua writ - Once commit him against Grey and he will be secure - Luckie and ONeill are well primed - Murray dangerous coquetting with Grey.

ORorke savage with Grey re Lashes Benevolent Society and Onehunga Slaughter yard (he says wrong to John Williamsons last wishes etc.) - will not let Grey have all his own way re Tairua, ORorke having confirmed Preece's rights to timber and easements -

I will leave here 24th for Wellington but I must go to the Thames to counteract Greys little moves with both Pakeha and Maori - revulsion of feeling just setting in I will take it at the flood -

Excuse haste - Going over to Onehunga to catch Luna - am half asleep - Believe me

Ever yours faithfully
James Mackay

Part of:
Inward letters - James Mackay (Junior), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0421 (52 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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