Object #1002546 from MS-Papers-0032-0302

4 pages written 17 Sep 1853 by Sir George Grey in Wellington and Otaki to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Sir George Grey, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0302 (45 digitised items). 43 letters written from Auckland, Otaki, Wellington, Capetown, Te Whenuku, Tokukuni, Kawau, London. Includes letters from McLean to Sir George Grey and a letter dated 24th January to Lady Grey from a young person writing from Nelson (mentions death of little `poor little Georgina')

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Letter from Sir George Grey to Donald McLean Esq. dated 17th. September 1853.

COPY. Otaki Wellington

17th. September 1853.

My dear McLean,

I have just received your private and public letters, dated the 14th. inst. I am very glad you are progressing so well. You will, before this, have heard that you are authorised to engage Captain Smith's services; and that I have authorised you immediately to go to the extent of £5,000 in purchasing, or paying the first instalments for lands in the Wairarapa; and in the meantime keeping another £3,000 for Te Hapuku, making £8,000 in all. But do not go further than this until you hear again from me. You are in the meantime keeping me well advised of your probable wants. To the amount of this £5,000, you can draw whenever you like.

The Ngatiraukawa have been behaving very badly about Waikanae, threatening to turn the Ngatiawa off the land by force. They came up to present an address to me, but I refused to receive it, until they conducted themselves better. This has covered them with shame, and they hardly know what to do to make amends for their conduct. It is very disheartening to see men for whom one has done so much, conduct themselves so badly. Thompson behaved, I fear, with great duplicity, in this business. I shall probably go on to Whanganui upon Monday, and reach Wellington next Saturday, if you require anything from me. Pray continue to work as well and as resolutely as you have hitherto done.

faithfully yours (Signed)
G. Grey.
To:- Donald McLean Esq.
To be forwarded with as little delay as practicable.

Part of:
Inward letters - Sir George Grey, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0302 (45 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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