Object #1006526 from MS-Papers-0032-0486
3 pages written 24 Jan 1876 by John Davies Ormond in Wallingford to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0486 (119 digitised items).
112 letters written from Wairoa, Wellington, Napier, 1873-1876. Includes letter from D M Luckie to Ormond, Nov 1875; Ormond to Fox, Mar 1876; Carlyon to Ormond.
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
January 24th - 1876
My dear McLean,
Yours of the 15th only reached me on Saturday Strange to say we have not yet received the returns of the Maori East Coast Election - when I heard from Napier on Saturday the wires were still down between Napier and Gisborne. From the numbers polled by each candidate as shown by the returns received I should think Hotene ought to win. He will if Ngatiporou as a Tribe goes for him. Of course if Karaitiana gets a section of the Ngatiporou then he will get in. I only hope he may not - The other elections have been going very much against the Govt. lately. Grey will have a strong following from Auckland and Macandrew the same from Otago. Also I notice that a considerable number of the Abolitionists are not to be depended on as Govt. supporters. As far as I can judge there is little doubt the opposition will be strong enough to turn the Government out - but what then. They have no unity. I am glad to see you are enjoying the change at the Station - so have I, only the dreadful weather we have had lately, has interfered too much with out-door employment. I am a considerable loser by the wet, shall lose quite half of my grass seed crop, which was a very large one, also the other crops are all going to the bad, growing on the ground. It is fine today and I am hoping it will clear up - last evening we had a thunderstorm with tremendous heavy rain.
I propose returning to Napier on the 1st of next
month I should come earlier but the roads will not be fit to drive on before, and I have the family to take back to Napier. I suppose you will be moving also before long. Next month will I suppose bring Vogel back. He will find things very much altered from when he left. Hoping you are well and enjoying yourself.
J. D. Ormond
Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0486 (119 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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