Object #1007338 from MS-Papers-0032-0200
4 pages written 15 Jul 1867 by James H Campbell to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - James H Campbell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0200 (51 digitised items).
50 letters written from Auckland, Maraekakaho, Doon Side, Waiapu, Napier, Gisborne (Turanga), Wellington
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
July 15th. 1867.
My dear McLean,
Your note of July 3rd. met me on the road here yesterday. The balance of Le Quesne's money including price of a window which I suppose I shall never see was sent from Turanga on the 4th. of June in a letter to him for which I hold a register receipt from Mr. Steddy the Post master. I was obliged to defer sending the balance till I got to Turanga as £5 was all I had about me at Waiapu a place where very little money is ever seen. I very much regret the delay and I wrote to Thomas expressing it and apologising. I was glad to see your dear old handwriting again. It was only the other day that in looking over some papers I came upon a bundle of some thirty of your old letters and in reading them over all your many kindnesses and the many happy days we have spent together were forcibly recalled. Neither shall ever be forgotten. They are often the subject of conversation between the old woman and myself when we are alone. In one of your notes lately you state that my interference in a certain run at Waiapu has caused a good deal of animadversion which puzzled me not a little. I suppose you allude to a small run of six thousand acres Mr. Lally leased from the Natives. All the interference that I can say I had in the matter is that shortly after my arrival at Waiapu a large meeting of the Natives was
held and among many other resolutions passed by them one was to the effect that it was desirable that Europeans of good character should be invited to settle among them coupled with a request that I should recommend any that I knew of who were desirous of settling on the Coast. The only person I could mention at the time was Mr. Lally who had requested me if I heard of any opening that I would let him know. This I did and although I did not suppose it at all likely that Mr. Lally would ever come to settle in so out of the way a place as Waiapu I was yet fulfilling my promise.
There has been a little row down here. I got intelligence last Saturday evening that McDowal the surveyor's whare had been attacked and all his goods theodolite etc. taken off by Tanara the Chief Hori Whiti and others. I started on Sunday morning and arrived here yesterday. I brought Hotene Hamiora and two policemen with me and was well pleased that. A few hours after my arrival here Henare Potae made his appearance having hurried up with a body of his men to assist me. They have however eaten humble pie since I came. I had them up this morning and after warning them that any repetition of such an offence would at once give them a good many months of imprisonment I made them restore all the articles and pay a heavy fine.
It has been as yet very gratifying to find that the Natives one and all are so respectful and obedient.
I find no difficulty with them. They are a fine people when properly treated. At Waiapu they have built me a Court house and they have already subscribed nearly enough to build a brick lock up. We have brick makers and the bricks are of excellent quality.
I shall send this to Turanga by Henare Potai and write you a longer letter when I get home. Remember me most kindly to Ferard. I hope the dear old fellow will be as happy as it is allowed for any of us frail mortals to be and that he has given up all thoughts of Coromandel.
J. H. Campbell.
Inward letters - James H Campbell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0200 (51 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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