Object #1006836 from MS-Papers-0032-0664

3 pages written 23 Jul 1850 by an unknown author in Waikanae to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Fragments and letters from unidentified correspondents, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0664 (176 digitised items). Large folder of letters, many from unidentified correspondents. Those that have been identified include the following: Herbert E Leadam (1866); Richard W Woncken of Wanganui to George H Davies (1876); fragment from his sister-in-law Catherine McLean (undated & 1866 fragment); Charles Weby of Napier (1868); D Schmit re discovery of gold (undated); Clifton College (1869); H Te Mautaranui of Auckland (1860); J Smith of Dunedin (1872); J W H Maclean (undated fragment); Henry Crowdise of Napier (1862); Thomas Chargellray of Ireland (1871); CGC [C G Crosse?](undated); Joseph Busland of 360 George Street (1874); Birthia W (1852); A Domett (1863); Agent General (undated); Catherine Stevenson of Glasgow (1853); S.K. of Wanganui (1848); letter from George McLean of Glasgow re death of Donald McLean's brother Captain John McLean and giving news of his family (1872); Henry Bodaan of Napier (1866); J Meisen of Dunedin (1876); H M S Esk (1865); Robert G Harvey of Napier (1865); letter written from Parawai (Mar 1876); C Marshall of Auckland (1872); J Watson Bain (1858); Catherine Wray, Ireland (1871); E D H Fairtlough (1875); letter addressed to Dear Thatcher (Frederick Thatcher?), undated; letter to Editor of Wanganui Chronicle, 1856; letter recommending John Oakley from a London correspondent (undated fragment). Many other letter fragments or letters with indecipherable signatures.

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English (ATL)


23rd. July 1850.

My dear McLean,

I have duly received yours of 14th. July, with its enclosure and £1-5/- in cash, being half of the fine levied against O'Connell in the ease of "Tanata v. O'Connell" for assault.

With regard to the official letter, I intended that you should have addressed it to Domett in the shape of a report. It is very good as far as it goes, but as it contains a case in which, you have adjudicated, and acted summarily, I have hesitated to make use of it, as it appears to me that you have exceeded your authority, this being only a Magistrate or the Bench; and according to the Ordnance, no native can be entertained without the permission of a Resident Magistrate. However, under the circumstances of the case, I think you were justified in stretching a point. But still I do not think it worth while to give the authorities an opportunity of finding fault. I shall account for the fine in my monthly return. Please give me the date. I suppose there were no accounts, or you would have submitted them also.

For the above reasons perhaps you will be good enough to repeat the dose to Domett, and state the necessity of a periodical visit from a R.M. at this ................ out settlement; in fact, a similar letter to the one you wrote me, only evading the circumstance of the fine.

I suppose you have heard that Strode has been made a R.M. by Sir George Grey at Otago, and that His Excellency intends to open the next Council himself in October. I hear you and Rees have been transacting business in a Court of Justice, (on dit,) in opposition to May & Wyatt..........................

(The remainder of this letter is missing.)

Part of:
Inward letters - Fragments and letters from unidentified correspondents, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0664 (176 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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