Object #1002736 from MS-Papers-0032-0212
4 pages written by Sir Donald McLean to John Chilton Lambton Carter
From: Inward letters - J C Lambton Carter, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0212 (35 digitised items).
36 letters written from Kai Mata, Petani in 1853; Napier & Maraetara, 1862-1871. Includes draft letters from McLean to Carter
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
My dear Carter
I find that several of the people here evince a desire that I should allow myself to be nominated as (Supt. as I have told you and some of the electors constituents that I had no desire to prejudice your election) While at the same time if a majority should desire me to take it I should not feel justified in resisting their wishes while (I should distinctly not only not oppose you but on the contrary assist you in every way if the majority decided in your favor, I wish this distinctly to be understood to avoid mischance as I should not like at this stage of the elections to leave an opening for a third party to come in I should be glad to have a line from you in reply by the hearer).
I merely write this to prevent any misunderstanding between us.
My dear Carter,
In the event of your not being supported by a majority of the Council in their election of Supt. I wish to know whether you would consider my acceptance of it as in any way prejudicial to you if not I should feel bound if called upon to take the office.
Referring to our conversation about the forth coming elections I felt bound to acquaint several people who expressed a desire that I should offer myself for the superintendency that if the majority of the council chose to elect me that I should not feel justified in resisting their wishes.
A desire being expressed by several people that I should allow myself to become a candidate for the superintendency I think you will agree with me that if this should be the feeling of the majority of the council I would not be justified in resisting their wishes. I regret I had not an opportunity of mentioning this before you left town.
Inward letters - J C Lambton Carter, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0212 (35 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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