Object #1002678 from MS-Papers-0032-0169

3 pages written 30 Jun 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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New Zealand Government House,
June 30/70


My dear McLean,

It probably wd. be expedient, as you are about again to have recourse to the Money Market in England, if that you should enable me to send home every month, or at longer intervals, a brief memo. (such as you have generally sent hitherto) simply stating the progress of warlike operations (if any) in certain districts, and the general tranquillity of the Colony.

Will you stimulate Mr. Halse about sending me Parakaia's petition with a translation? There were copies of both in the local papers here. If I recollect right, the only important points to contradict are the insinuations that the Col. Govt. has any interest in the Manawatu case, and that the Judges of the Native Lands Court are not independent. The petition bears evident marks of European inspiration, and probably it wd. be well if you were to say so in the Mem. upon it. All the facts of the Manawatu case have frequently been sent home - and I think you need not do more than refer in general terms to former correspondence on the subject.

It is, of course, necessary to send home the petition; otherwise we shall be accused of suppressing it; whereas we are quite in different how much is written about the matter.


Ever yrs.
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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