Object #1001872 from MS-Papers-0032-0194

4 pages written 8 Mar 1875 by Robert Smelt Bush in Raglan to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Robert S Bush, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0194 (97 digitised items). 96 letters written between 1870-1876 from Ohinemuri, Auckland, Ngaruawahia, Raglan.In includes letter in Maori from Hone Te One of Kawhia re meeting the Maori King in Kawhia, 1873.

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Raglan
Private March 8th 1875


My dear Sir,

In the enclosed report I have endeavoured to follow the narrator word for word. I cannot but think that Tawhiao, if he had his own way would say let the meeting be at Kawhia, but a great pressure is put on him to keep him away from this Coast, simply because the people are afraid were he residing at Kawhia, that harbour would be quickly opened. Should he however remain there the remainder of this month the natural inference will be that he is doing so purposely in the hope that you call in, and hold the meeting there in lieu of Te Kuiti. It would never do for you to go to Kawhia unless you were sure of a very successful interview with the Rex, by successful I mean, that you saw Tawhiao, and many influential chiefs. I am sure every obstacle that can possibly be brought forward against it, will be by Maneha, and his South Kawhia friends. Let us hope that in a short time we shall be placed in possession of some tangible information as to what the real sentiment of the majority of the Kingites is with respect to your late, and also to your coming meeting with Tawhiao, is.

There is a great discrepency between Haupokia's statement and that of my visitors of 4th March narrated in my report to you of that date. If what Haupokia says is correct about Wahanui and the other chiefs then your late interview has indeed borne better fruit than the most sanguine of people could ever have expected.

It is to be hoped that the knowledge of Sir G. Grey seeking election to the House of Representatives and to the Superintendency, will not revive the hope of obtaining an interview with him, which I believe some of them are foolish enough to think would terminate with the return of Waikato. Should this old desire be kindled they may keep from coming to a final settlement with you until they have tried Sir G. Grey. This of course is purely a surmise of my own, and I trust it will remain so. Honete One has spent a good deal of his time at Kawhia since his return from Hamilton. I wrote to him today to ask if he had any news etc. Should he furnish me with anything I will forward to you at once. I will endeavour to ascertain all the information I can re Rex & party, their views re late meeting, and coming one. Should I learn anything will telegraph to you at once. Hoping you are well


I remain Dear Sir Yours very faithfully
R.J. BUSH
Hon Sir D. McLean K.S.M.G.

Part of:
Inward letters - Robert S Bush, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0194 (97 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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