Object #1003004 from MS-Papers-0032-0282

3 pages written 27 Jun 1866 by Lieutenant-Colonel James Fraser in Turanganui to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - James Fraser, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0282 (39 digitised items). 38 letters written from Hawke's Bay, Bay of Plenty and East Coast, 1865-1870. Includes letter addressed to Captain Rhodes, 1865

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of rations, and is not compelled by any instructions he has received, to render Reports concerning them, to his Commanding Officer.

At the Wairoa these remarks do not apply in the same way, but I must own that I have often felt annoyed at the preference given to our allies there; and to the fact that the issue of arms, ammunition, food, etc., has been completely in all instances taken out of my hands.

I trust you will not feel angry at my calling your attention to these two things. I do it with this motive, - that you may know exactly my opinions on these subjects; and also, that what I complain of, may, if you agree with me, be remedied. I start for Wairoa to-night. I have been kept here by a heavy fall of rain, or I should have started yesterday.

There is

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nothing new here. I sincerely trust you will not feel offended at this letter, which I assure you is written with a strong desire on my to let you know my actual thought about affairs.

Believe me


Yours ever sincerely (Signed)
James Fraser.

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COPY. Turanganui
27th. June 1866.


My dear Sir,

I was very much surprised to-day at seeing Richardson here.

I know you would not have sent for him except under urgent circumstances, but I wish to bring under your notice two things which probably you have not considered in the same light as I do, -The first bing that the giving of Officers under my Comand, leave without my knowledge, is prejudical to discipline; and secondly that the management of our native allies, is completely taken out of the hands of the Commanding Officer, both here, and at the Wairoa; that is to say, that here, Lieut Wilson, while doing Military duty, and as such, supposed to make all his Reports to his commanding Officer, for the time being, has the unconstrolled issue of rations, and is not compelled by any instructions he has received, to render Reports concerning them, to his Commanding Officer.

At the Wairoa these remarks do not apply in the same way, but I must own that I have often felt annoyed at the preference given to our allies there; and to the fact that the issue of arms, ammunition, food, etc., has been completely in all instances taken out of my hands.

I trust you will not feel angry at my calling your attention to these two things. I do it with this motive, - that you may know exactly my opinions on these subjects; and also, that what I complain of, may, if you agree with me, be remedied. I start for Wairoa to-night. I have been kept here by a heavy fall of rain, or I should have started yesterday.

There is nothing new here. I sincerely trust you will not feel offended at this letter, which I assure you is written with a strong desire on my to let you know my actual thought about affairs.

Believe me


Yours ever sincerely (Signed)
James Fraser.

Part of:
Inward letters - James Fraser, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0282 (39 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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