Object #1003040 from MS-Papers-0032-0482
5 pages written 12 Nov 1866 by John Davies Ormond in Wallingford to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0482 (74 digitised items).
72 letters written from Wallingford, Wellington & Napier, 1866-1868Includes piece-level inventory.
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
My dear McLean,
There is literally no news of any kind to give you - but thinking you may be anxious to hear from this quarter and the orderly having nothing to do I send him up with this to Waipawa tomorrow. I shall send it to the Policeman and tell him to forward it by the first opportunity that offers, which I conclude will be soon as there must be daily intercourse between Waipawa and Napier. I wrote you in my last that the people in the neighbourhood were alarmed and so they were - the fact is Sam Williams had stirred up all sides Europeans and Natives. I have now got them all right again and hope to keep them so. I was just looking for some of the letters I received from people at the time Sam had raised the alarm. I suppose they are burnt but there is one from old Canning which was a very mild specimen of the rest and will show you what the feeling was. Really the mischief one alarmist does is incalculable - I hear Lord Henry has been talking very strong about the inefficient preparations etc. Also that he did not care about going out against these particular Hau Haus as some of them had a personal spite against himself and he might therefore be unfairly placed. Really it is veryamusing to look on at the antics of these
carpet knights. The intelligence of Frazers intended march to Waipukerau has done a great deal to re-assure people and it is and will be a good move in every sense-politically, the effect will be good upon the Natives.
We have had some fine growing showery weather lately - not heavy rain, but muggy and warm. I expect to commence my early shearing about the middle of the week and immediately afterwards the hay and grass seed harvest comes on - in fact any amount of bucolic work by way of variation to late employment.
I shall keep the orderly until I hear definitely from Wairarapa - but my own opinion is unchanged that no more will be made upon this District. It looked very like it a week ago certainly, but I did not feel concerned then.
Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0482 (74 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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