Object #1003766 from MS-Papers-0032-0153

6 pages written 23 May 1870 by Robert Clapham Barstow in Auckland Region to Sir Donald McLean

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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English (ATL)

Auckland

23rd May 1870



My dear Sir

You had sailed in the ''Luna'' for the south an hour or two previous to my return on Saturday last, from Waikato.

Whilst there, I visited Ngaruawahia, Hamilton Cambridge, Awamutu Kihi Kihi, Alexandra etc.

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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

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kind consideration of myself in this matter and believe me to remain

My dear Sir
Yours very truly
R.C. Barstow
Hon. D. McLean

English (ATL)

Auckland

23rd May 1870



My dear Sir

You had sailed in the ''Luna'' for the south an hour or two previous to my return on Saturday last, from Waikato.

Whilst there, I visited Ngaruawahia, Hamilton Cambridge, Awamutu Kihi Kihi, Alexandra etc.

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 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 -

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 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 kind consideration of myself in this matter and believe me to remain

My dear Sir
Yours very truly
R.C. Barstow
Hon. D. McLean

Part of:
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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