Object #1004349 from MS-Papers-0032-0222

4 pages written 11 Dec 1871 by William Colenso in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0222 (85 digitised items). 82 letters written from Waitangi (Hawke's Bay) & Napier. Includes letters from McLean to Colenso, and newspaper cuttings re Maori English lexicon

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Decr. 11, 1871

Hon. D. McLean, My dear Sir,

As I am not going to say a word about myself I may perhaps intrude.

I wish to say a little respecting young Carter, (who left here in the "Keera" for Wgn. on Saturday, to join the Constabulary force,) - Could you not possibly find some more suitable situation for the youth? I am quite sure he has very good parts, and with a little more teaching, would become an acquisition to any Govt.Department. He is also very anxious to learn more, and I think would get on rapidly.

So impressed was I with this, that I sent word to his Father that I would give £50 (the utu of a section I have on the White Road) towards his 1st year at Dunedin, if Carter could find the remainder. I don't know anything of the charges there, but I think you have influence with the Dunedin folk. And if the £50 I offered for the section is required by you for that purpose, you shall have it.

You may see what I have written in the "Herald"-respecting our Maori Prisoner, and why he (like others) should be pardoned. You know what I have told you in past times, respecting the Maoris, - always aiming at the common weal. I would that you knew. Believe me that, as in the case of those to whom a proper and prized lenity has been already shewn, so here: I hope, most sincerely, that should you see what I have written in the Herald you will consider it. I am very sure you will after I am gone; if you don't before. I have heard and read very strange things indeed of late. I cannot write you more.

I am,
Yours very truly,
W. Colenso

Part of:
Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0222 (85 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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