Object #1001467 from MS-Papers-0032-0578
5 pages written 19 Aug 1872 by Hector William Pope Smith in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - Surnames, Sma - Smi, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0578 (34 digitised items).
Correspondents:Octavius Smallfield, Auckland, 1860 (1 letter); John F Smart, Wakefield Street, 1857 (1 letter); E G Smith, Napier, 1861 (1 letter); H Smith, Auckland, 1867 (1 letter); H W P Smith, Napier, Melbourne, London & Scotland, 1862-1876 (19 letters).Hannah Stephenson Smith, Taranaki, 1870-1876 & undated (4 letters); Henry S Smith, undated (1 letter); J M Smith, Christchurch, undated fragment (1 letter); J Stephenson Smith, 1861 & 1869 (4 letters).
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
Aug. 19th. 1872.
My dear McLean,
We must feel thankful for the prosperous state of Colonial matters; and to no man are we so indebted for this happy change, as to yourself.
Many times, when seated by the fire on a cold stormy night in Scotland, did I read Native news, of wars, disasters, and reverses to our troops. Yes, - settlements and settlers destroyed - with the greatest concern. Still I had the greatest hopes that you would take the Colony out of the difficulty; and I feel now that the country cannot feel too thankful to you, for having spent so many weary and anxious days, for you must have had many of both.
The increased price of wool has been followed by a rise in the price of sheep and cattle; and I am glad to say that there is a very fair demand for them in the Province.
I have selected a site for the new house, mid-way between here and Alick's (The Cottage) near the Maraekakaho. The house is not very large.
It takes 35,000 ft. timber, (Totara from Kereru.) It is to be begun to-morrow, and I expect to be comfortably settled there "after shearing." The timber delivered there costs 14/- for 100 ft. Bricks are burnt there for £2.15/- per 1000. (You might like to know the prices now going for these things.)
The sheep on both Runs are looking remarkably well, and there are now some strong lambs, and there ought to be a food shearing and lambing.
It is astonishing how the wild pigs have increased since I went Home. I think owing to the spread of manuka. Alick keeps them well down, but I am now much crippled for want of ammunition (Snider); and I am unable to get it through Government. If convenient, I will be greatly obliged by your giving me an order to Major Withers, for say 500 rounds.
The ladies enjoy the Country very much indeed. They have had several drives since coming up; once to the Captain's. Glemorchy is now really a pretty place. It is wonderful how the trees have spread and grown there.
I think we should not lose sight of the Patea Country, and Alick and myself will go down to Renata by and bye.
I hope "The Hon. H.R. Russell" will soon get pulled up!
With united kind regards, and hoping you will pay us a visit "after shearing."
Yours most sincerely
Inward letters - Surnames, Sma - Smi, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0578 (34 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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