Object #1003331 from MS-Papers-0032-0270

3 pages written 13 Aug 1873 by Sir James Fergusson in New Zealand to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Sir James Fergusson (Governor), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0270 (38 digitised items). 38 letters written from Wellington and Wairarapa, 1873-1874. Includes letters to Mr Reynolds from Fergusson, Sep 1874; to Donald McLean from Ella Fergusson (undated) re books sent to Muriel; letters fron Donald McLean to Fergusson re his knighthood, 1874

A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.

Download alow-resolution PDF or high-resolution PDF

English (ATL)

Government House, New Zealand,

13 Aug 73



My dear Mr. McLean,

Our party tonight, following my dinner to the Legislative Council, is to the Members of both Houses and their families. We have asked the Native Members with the exception of Takamoana who, I am informed, brings with him various concubines either unattached or with leave of absence from their proper owners. It seems to me that I ought not to ask even a native to meet the ladies of the Colony whose domestic relations are so openly profligate: that is to say that if he lives as a savage he cannot be treated as a Christian.


Yours sincerely,
James Fergusson

In India they don't consider what a native's female establishment consists of, but then they dont ask wives to Government House.

Part of:
Inward letters - Sir James Fergusson (Governor), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0270 (38 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)

Usage: You can search, browse, print and download items from this website for research and personal study. You are welcome to reproduce the above image(s) on your blog or another website, but please maintain the integrity of the image (i.e. don't crop, recolour or overprint it), reproduce the image's caption information and link back to here (http://mp.natlib.govt.nz/detail/?id=1003331). If you would like to use the above image(s) in a different way (e.g. in a print publication), or use the transcription or translation, permission must be obtained. More information about copyright and usage can be found on the Copyright and Usage page of the NLNZ web site.

External Links:
View Full Descriptive Record in TAPUHI

Leave a comment

This function is coming soon.

Latest comments