Object #1003534 from MS-Papers-0032-0481

4 pages written 25 Sep 1863 by John Davies Ormond in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0481 (89 digitised items). 85 letters written from Epraima, Auckland, Wallingford & Napier, 1857-1865. Includes a few draft letters from McLean to Ormond.

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September 25th 1863

My dear McLean,

I had yours last night by the Auckland her arrival astonished us all coming as she did days before she was expected. We were looking for the Lady Bird from Auckland when the other came - The Lady Bird came in last night but no mail is up from her yet, and rumour says that she has not brought one - Everything is going on here quietly and as usual. I will give you what little news is stirring that you will care to hear - As arranged between us - I wrote a line to Carter who came over and after a talk with me accepted the Commissionership and Treasury - he will be ready to commence work on the 1st October. He made me condition that I agreed to, viz. that he should be able to absent himself for a few days in the middle of October to see after his Shearing he having no one who could do it for him, He would first finish all the Treasury work of the month. I have told Janisch who is to have all ready to hand over on the 1st. If you are not back in time I must Gazette him Treasurer before that date. I wrote Domett to appoint him Commissioner and explained that the matter had your concurrence - As far as I can gather the appointment gives great satisfaction here. As yet not even the Times has been able to work up an article against it - Little Michael is the man most hurt by it - he loudly I hear proclaims the hard treatment he considers he has received from you - Little Whitmore is the only other man I have heard object to Carters appointment - his objection was one of his own - that we had sold our class and friends by putting in such a man - of course he means that Carter is in his opinion an anti-runholder and so on -The little man went inland on Monday and is to be back today - all the arrangements for carrying out the Proclamation calling out the rest of the inland Militia were made on this occasion in good time. As usual there is plenty of bother with some of our troublesome inland friends - His Lordship has written both you and me saying that unless we call out the remainnder of the Militia of his Company that he and the Militia Officers will resign - At this season of the year (after allowing legal notice time for the Proclamation) it would be a very serious loss to the settlers who would be drilling when their shearing was going on - I name it as you will probably be spoken to on it as you came through the District - Your friend the 'spy' has been in since you left he brought a letter from Te Teira Puea and others at Pitane to Wakatane natives asking for powder and guns and saying that the raising here was to take place within two months - the letter was dated the end of August. I sent copy of it to the Genl.Govt. without commend - The fellow (who I had Locke to talk to) said that the whole of the Natives in this District (Tareha, Renata and the reso) were now agreed to raise and that they only wait the coming in of the spring crops. In short this story is just a repetition of his former ones and how much reliance can be placed on it, it is difficult to say. The Messenger is just in to say the mail by Lady Bird has closed and that this will only just be in time - There is nothing else of importance to tell you of -

Yours always
J.D. Ormond

Part of:
Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0481 (89 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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