Object #1001761 from MS-Papers-0032-0723

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From: Outward drafts and fragments, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0723 (49 digitised items). Names of identified correspondents entered in Name Field.Includes draft reply to letter regarding the Hawke's Bay Province superintendancy, 12 Jan 1859; misfiled letters written in 1851 to his aunt Annabella McLean; letter re Mr Schnackenberg (Resident missionary) and settlers at Kawhia, Apr 1860; list of Maori names, ca 1860 (written in pencil);

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English (ATL)

My dear Sir William,

I am much obliged for the pamphlet on the Taranaki question and the kind note which accompanied it.

While I dissent from some of the views set forth in the pamphlet I can assure you that I do not feel in the least annoyed at any remarks in reference to myself which the discussion of a public question of such importance may have occasioned, It is impossible to expect an entire similarity of views on a question like the present even where there is a general accord as to the objects aimed at, whatever differences of opinion may arise, even if involving reflections upon individuals in the discussion of a question are very unimportant compared to the good which is likely to result from a calm and temperate exposition of the views entertained by persons qualified to form an impartial judgement, on a question of such importance.

To every well wisher of the Natives it must be gratifying to find that their affairs as a component part of the community are engaging so much enquiry and attention. I shall have much pleasure in going to see you next week as I expect Mr.Smith will by that time be able to attend the office.

I remain, My dear Sir Wm.,
Yours very truly, Decr. 15, 1860.

Sir Wm.Martin.

Part of:
Outward drafts and fragments, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0723 (49 digitised items)
Series 4 Drafts and fragments of outwards letters, Reference Number Series 4 Drafts and fragments of outwards letters (889 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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