Object #1002425 from MS-Papers-0032-0169

3 pages written 12 Aug 1870 by Sir George Ferguson Bowen to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Sir George and Lady Diamantina Bowen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0169 (122 digitised items). 119 letters written from Auckland, Wanganui, Wellington, Melbourne, Dunedin, Taranaki, Mercer, May 1868-Aug 1874, and undated. Includes draft letters from McLean.

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Private. August 12, /70.

My dear McLean,

1. With respect to the despatch from home No. 45, wh. you have now got, pray let me have a mem. soon, saying how much of the land at Mt. Cook the Col. Govt. wish to take, and what price they will give for it. As to the land at Auckland it is agreed that the Col. Govt. willpay for it what the Imperial Govt. originally gave. The enclosed shows the allotments.

I certainly think the whole ought to be made over to the Colony for nothing. If you will put into your memm. an expression to that effect, saying that the concession wd. have a conciliating effect here, now that the Colony is making such sacrifices on the East Coast for the protection of the loyal Natives from the rebels etc. - I will back it up strongly.

2. I have received the enclosed note from Capt. Brigham, the superseded Captain of the 'Virago'. I have spoken to Commodore Lambert about it, and he says that the 'Virago' did not render any special services at Tauranga, beyond those rendered by the other ships that have been there for a longer time, such as the 'Rosario'. The services of the ships in general have been frequently acknowledged in despatches and memoranda already published in the Parliamentary Papers. I imagine nothing special can be said abt. 'Virago'; and we had better not interfere directly or indirectly, between the Admiralty and its own officers. Pray return the enclosed.

G. F. Bowen.

Part of:
Inward letters - Sir George and Lady Diamantina Bowen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0169 (122 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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