Object #1007051 from MS-Papers-0032-0245

4 pages written 9 May 1863 by Alfred Domett to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Alfred Domett, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0245 (32 digitised items). 32 letters written from Hawke's Bay, Wellington, Auckland, Nelson and Taranaki, 1852-1870 & undated. Includes letter from H S Chapman to Domett, 1866; drafts of two letters from McLean to Domett, Mar 1858 & Jul 1863.

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9 May 63

Dear McLean

Your letters I fear dont get attended to in the way of answers - but I assure you they are not overlooked though not complied with.

I should like as much as yourself to see that Force established at H.B. But where to get the money? J thought it was understood it should come out of the Native Funds (the 5£s recovered from a payment for troops) - but there has always been a doubt what money sd. be spared from Native Funds for that purpose and Taranaki seemed to me the place that shd. be secured first - I have been trying to get it up here - but there has been the devil to pay about it - It is a long story but cannot stop now to explain it -

By the last mail, 2 days ago from Auckland comes a despatch from His Grace the Dook of Newcastle, forbidding the application of Native Funds (so sacred as a trust) to maintenance of this Force which he does not think wd. be spending it for the benefit of Natives. I do.

I hope you can keep your district in peace in these troublous times. Your letter about Renata was satisfactory - It is very lucky for the Hawkes Bayites they have got you and Whitmore together - with the last to be command of the Militia and Volunteers? I have no papers no records no clerks here - or wd. have sent Commission etc. by this mail -

I will do all I can to back you Your loan Bill I have not yet seen - Trusting in your prudence I have no doubt it is such that it can be safely recommended.

I wish you were at this place at present - where you would be invaluable.

Reports of Ngatimaniapoto coming down - and Ngatiruanuis and all other kinds of Naughties coming up to attack Tataraimaka - I suppose they will be staved off somehow or other -

Excuse haste Love to Curling and all friends
Yours very truly
A. Domett

Part of:
Inward letters - Alfred Domett, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0245 (32 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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