Object #1005254 from MS-Papers-0032-0282

5 pages written 5 Dec 1869 by Lieutenant-Colonel James Fraser

From: Inward letters - James Fraser, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0282 (39 digitised items). 38 letters written from Hawke's Bay, Bay of Plenty and East Coast, 1865-1870. Includes letter addressed to Captain Rhodes, 1865

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S. S. Rangatira 5th December, 1869


My dear Sir

The night before leaving Napier (3rd Inst.) news came in which induced Mr.Ormond to request that I should be landed at Tauranga. I annex copies of his order to me, and my letter to Capt. Renner, by which you will see I have left the cost of my being landed to be arranged hereafter, as I consider £40 a most exorbitant charge. There was no other news in, when we left and as Mr. Ormond has written to you, I have no doubt he has told you everything. Mr. Brannigan and Roberts were to start on Saturday morning to visit the Posts at Taupo. I think Brannigan a very nice fellow, and I have no doubt all will work well with him. I like his new system very much, and look forward confidently to its success - I hope you have not ordered any men from Tauranga, as with the Man of War leaving I do not think any more should be taken away - The strength there and at Whakatane will only be 134 in all, little enough do you not consider it so? in case of anything turning up. I am very anxious for you to allow me to join up the ''Uriwera'', and trust you will let me know your views in this matter - I will write you fully as soon as I can, how things are at Tauranga, you could get my letter by Friday next, I hear St. John is employed in some way in the Bay of Plenty District and I fear he may try and interfere with me. Would you kindly send me by first chance an official confirming the order I received in Wellington - to take the command of the Bay of Plenty District, and also a copy of any orders given to St. John, so that I may know exactly what to do - Please excuse my troubling you so much, and also this scrawl, which is not rendered more legible by the shaking of the screw. I need not add that I feel very grateful indeed to you, for the command, and that I trust to merit your kindness to me.

Believe me
Always yours faithfully
James Fraser
You will most likely have heard full particulars from Cooper of the state of my accounts.

Part of:
Inward letters - James Fraser, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0282 (39 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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