Object #1006419 from MS-Papers-0032-0462

4 pages written 23 May 1873 by William Johnston Morpeth in Wellington to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - W J Morpeth, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0462 (11 digitised items). 11 letters written from Wellington & Auckland. One letter is addressed Mrs Hamley, Auckland, 1876, another to W H Clarke Esq, Auckland, 1876 (both concerning a Spaniel puppy)

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COPY. Wellington
23rd. May 1873

Dear Sir,

Knowing that it is your desire to receive information respecting Native settlers, I take the liberty of enclosing an extract from a letter, dated 17th. instant, which I received yesterday from my Father in Auckland, with reference to the resent murder; and I venture to hope that it may be of some little interest, as it shews the views of the influential settlers.

I am, dear Sir, Yours respectfully (Signed)
W.J. Morpeth.
To:- The Hon. D. McLean C.M.G.


"As usual on such occasions, it is the most ignorant who are the most clamorous for war. The well to do settlers know better the evils of war; and while they deplore the late murder, and condemn the Maori King's complicity, if not in the murder itself, at all events, in his instigating all under his influence to hate and persecute the Europeans, they would be more chary of going into war again, and would rather trust to such action in the matter as the Government might deem the best calculated to protect the settlers, and prevent a repetition of such unheard of barbarities."

Part of:
Inward letters - W J Morpeth, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0462 (11 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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