Object #1001740 from MS-Papers-0032-0622

3 pages written 21 Oct 1870 by H F Way in Maketu to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters and diary extracts - H F Way, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0622 (38 digitised items). 36 letters written from Hawke's Bay, Taupo and Bay of Plenty (Maketu), 1869-1876). Includes diary covering events 6 Oct 1869-31 Jul 1870, 1 Sep-31 Oct 1870, HRH Duke of Edinburgh's visit to Rotorua District, 13-19 Dec 1870.

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Private. Maketu

21st. Oct./70.

My dear Mr. McLean,

I came down from inland yesterday. I met Mr. Warbrick at Kaitiriria on last Tuesday 18th. inst. He had just arrived from Taupo and he is so proud and pleased about the little Telegram that you sent him. He showed it to me. He says that he will get it framed. He says that he never felt so proud in all his life - than when he recieved your Telegram. Mr. Hamlin R.M. is still up at Oraki Korako. My Transport is working and travelling 80 miles every 5 days - it is close upon 90 miles and I have such lovely weather now - that it seems almost a pitty to let the packing out by contract - after one has worked through all the wet winter because at the end of this month I could tell you what the packing would cost per lb. during the summer months.

I hear that the Govr. and Duke are likely to come down here in December to visit the Hot Lakes if it is true the little bush near Tarawera wants to be cleared as the track is full of fallen trees and branches that have come down, through the late snow storm - also their are two small bridges that want repairing near the Rev. Mr. Spencer house they only have a few holes in them the Native Contingent could easily do it.

The first bullock dray crossed the Taheke Ferry yesterday morning in a canoe, I saw it go over myself - and you can't tell how glad I was to see it go over alright as it seemed to me as the dray was going over - that New Zealand was getting a little more civilized - and when you come to think over it yourself - that with a very little trouble, you could start in your buggy from Maketu and drive the whole way to Opepe with ease.

No news about Te Kooti -

Weather lovely -

Pack Horsesleave again tomorrow.


Yours ever sincerely,
Herbert F. Way.

Part of:
Inward letters and diary extracts - H F Way, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0622 (38 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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