Object #1003884 from MS-Papers-0032-0723

3 pages written 12 Jan 1859 by an unknown author in Auckland Region

From: Outward drafts and fragments, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0723 (49 digitised items). Names of identified correspondents entered in Name Field.Includes draft reply to letter regarding the Hawke's Bay Province superintendancy, 12 Jan 1859; misfiled letters written in 1851 to his aunt Annabella McLean; letter re Mr Schnackenberg (Resident missionary) and settlers at Kawhia, Apr 1860; list of Maori names, ca 1860 (written in pencil);

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12 January 1859.

My dear Sir,

I have just received by the White Swan your kind favor of the 14th. ult.

The question you ask me about a Superintendent is one of such vital importance to the new Province that I wish I had more than a short hour before the overland closes to give the subject which I have already thought of fuller consideration. My own impression is from what I have lately heard that Domett will not accept it, although he at one time expressed a wish to do so if elected, no doubt he has good reasons for changing his mind, his predilections are evidently in favor of a quiet life at Nelson.

Newman appears to be the only man now in the field he appears to me an energetic gentlemanly person who could with a good adviser carry on the duties of the Province very satisfactorily. Capt. carter has also occurred to me as being a likely person, he lives near the port, his manner is good and I believe that he is not do defieient in ability as some may suppose at any rate he appears an upright frank man who ought to possess a fair knowledge of the routine of ordinary business. For my own part while I can assure you I feel very much flattered with the kind manner in which you have suggested my acceptance of the office I regret that my present duties and promise to the Governor to retain my present office prevents my agreeing to stand, otherwise it would afford me much pleasure to place my humble efforts at your disposal.

(D. McLean.)

Part of:
Outward drafts and fragments, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0723 (49 digitised items)
Series 4 Drafts and fragments of outwards letters, Reference Number Series 4 Drafts and fragments of outwards letters (889 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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