Object #1003369 from MS-Papers-0032-0228

4 pages written by George Sisson Cooper in Taranaki Region to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - George Sisson Cooper, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0228 (108 digitised items). 105 letters written from Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington. Contains correspondence between McLean and Cooper with regard to the purchase of Maori land in Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa in particular, and various complaints and issues that arose from the purchases; also contains information and discussions about the spread of the Pai Marire and Ringatu religions (again, with a particular focus on Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa), and about general Maori affairs. Includes draft letters from McLean to Cooper; letters from George's wife Ellen C Cooper, 1863-1872, and from Sarah Cooper (undated).

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Taranaki

May 29th.



My dear McLean,

I arrived here in safety and good health on the 25th. after a considerable delay at Whanganui and a detention of 3 days on the coast.

I find everything is very quiet here and the people are all exceedingly kind in welcoming me on my arrival, but I am afraid they expect too much from me in

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the way of purchasing land. The general opinion seems here to be that the Chiefs who have a claim on the Bell Block will be very glad to receive the £30 whenever it is offered. I wish you could manage to send it up to me. I think if you were to make an official application to have the sum transferred at once it would be a good thing - and if they offer in the meantime to receive it, I will make

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application to the Sub Treasurer to advance me the amount on imprest at once. The people here say that the Natives have expressed their willingness to sell a block north of the Bell as soon as that is settled for.

I am going down this morning to see my rebellious children at Waitara. I hear they are more obstinate than ever, and that the influence of the Mamaku people is declining.

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This place is very much improved since I was here, and the society also is I am told much better. I have not seen any newcomers yet, but a ball is coming off on the 2nd. which will be a good introduction for me. I write this hurried note by the Eclair which is on the point of sailing for Wellington. Flight and old Smart are going in her. I will write you at length per O.M.


Kind regards to Mrs. McLean, Faithfully yours,
G. S. Cooper.

English (ATL)

Taranaki

May 29th.



My dear McLean,

I arrived here in safety and good health on the 25th. after a considerable delay at Whanganui and a detention of 3 days on the coast.

I find everything is very quiet here and the people are all exceedingly kind in welcoming me on my arrival, but I am afraid they expect too much from me in the way of purchasing land. The general opinion seems here to be that the Chiefs who have a claim on the Bell Block will be very glad to receive the £30 whenever it is offered. I wish you could manage to send it up to me. I think if you were to make an official application to have the sum transferred at once it would be a good thing - and if they offer in the meantime to receive it, I will make application to the Sub Treasurer to advance me the amount on imprest at once. The people here say that the Natives have expressed their willingness to sell a block north of the Bell as soon as that is settled for.

I am going down this morning to see my rebellious children at Waitara. I hear they are more obstinate than ever, and that the influence of the Mamaku people is declining.

This place is very much improved since I was here, and the society also is I am told much better. I have not seen any newcomers yet, but a ball is coming off on the 2nd. which will be a good introduction for me. I write this hurried note by the Eclair which is on the point of sailing for Wellington. Flight and old Smart are going in her. I will write you at length per O.M.


Kind regards to Mrs. McLean, Faithfully yours,
G. S. Cooper.

Part of:
Inward letters - George Sisson Cooper, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0228 (108 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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