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
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
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.
Yours very truly,
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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