Object #1003766 from MS-Papers-0032-0153
From: Inward letters - R C Barstow, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0153 (16 digitised items). 13 letters written from Auckland, 1854; Russell, Auckland and Wellington, 1860-1872. Includes draft reply from McLean, Jun 1870.
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I very reluctantly decline the offer made to me of becoming Mr. Searancke's successor -
I do so; because tho' I believe that at present, and perhaps for a few years space, I might be able to perform the duty satisfactorily, yet I am sure that I could not long continue to do so; and
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it would be equally detrimental to the Government, and prejudicial to my own interests that after having expended a year or more in making myself conversant with the district and its inhabitants, I should be obliged to resign and make way for an officer who would in his turn require to familiarize himself with a new location -
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Succintly - I find that I am too old to enter upon such an undertaking, the distance to be monthly traversed being about 300 miles: the roads will be impaired by traffic, and the bridges are already falling into a bad condition: these will increase the labour.
I hesitate at incurring the large outlay which my move would cost
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unless I felt confident that should be able to stick to my work for a considerable length of time.
I called upon Mr. Searancke and Col. Lyons and met Mr. Leslie, and since my return have told Dr. Pollen my determination. I return to the Bay on Wednesday -
And now allow me to thank you for your
Inward letters - R C Barstow, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0153 (16 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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