Object #1005382 from MS-Papers-0032-0146
From: Inward letters - G A Arney, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0146 (18 digitised items). 18 letters written from Government House, Auckland and Wellington, 1868-1875 and undated. Includes letter from Arney to Mainwaring, Oct 1871
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16th. November 1868
My dear McLean,
One line to thank you for your kind hospitality to me, and one to condole with you on that which I know must afflict you both at heart, and in your head too, as Superintendent. I am indeed not without the hope that fewer deaths and more escapes than we expected may have been ere this, verified to you at
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Napier from Poverty Bay. But the future still looms darkly upon us. A few months, doubtless, will unveil our prospects - at least, so far as to determine whether we shall be left the option between submission to our fate, or a war of extermination. I am sanguine still that the councils of the natives will remain so far divided, as to be our protection. But surely the Colony must have a permanent bush-ranging force available for service at any posts of threatened danger, instead of a hasty levy of a few hundred
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men extemporised from the waifs and strays of rejected idleness, that may be found upon our streets.
How little I thought, when I parted from you, at the junction of those roads, on Wednesday last, that the ''Lord Ashley'' would meet with such a freight of sorrow, as we found on the Tawera schooner, before we got out of the Bay!
We had a smart passage to Auckland, but I missed your luxurious bath and home comforts.
Please give my kind compliments to Miss McLean, and believe me to be
Yours truly (Signed)
To:- D. McLean Esq.
Inward letters - G A Arney, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0146 (18 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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