Object #1007433 from MS-Papers-0032-0485

2 pages written 13 Nov 1872 by John Davies Ormond in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0485 (75 digitised items). 72 letters written from Auckland and Napier, 1871-1872

A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.

Download alow-resolution PDF or high-resolution PDF

Page 1 of 2. View high-resolution image

English (ATL)

Napier

November 13th. 1872.



My dear McLean,

Last night about mid-night I received telegrams from Hall, which I sent you early this morning. Now there is a telegram from Rogan and Smith which is important, as they throw the whole responsibility upon Government, as say they will not do as you propose, viz:- talk with the Chiefs out of the Court.

So far as I can judge, the New Zealand

Page 2 of 2. View high-resolution image

English (ATL)

Court Judges are bound to force the cases on. If not, they are in the position of having submitted to threats, and having had their proceedings stopped, which of course would bring the Court into contempt. On the other hand, so long as they get through the cases, no matter how, the Government is responsible, and has to give effect to their decision, as the case is proceeding now. Ngatiraukawa are carrying through their claims; the opponents declining to appear in Court, and giving notice they will not acknowledge the decision of the Court. Altogether it is a precious mess, and it appears to me no good can result for the Court continuing.

I told you yesterday of some of Karaitiana's proceedings. To-day I hear he is getting up the proceedings in the Waikato purchase case. It seems you bought (Provincially) Harauria's share from Maney, and on that he is going to try to fix his statement that you and I got the Natives' land by drink when the weather was very hot.

The Rangatira comes here Saturday from Wellington, and returns to Wellington on Monday.


Yours always, (Signed)
J.D. Ormond.

English (ATL)

Napier

November 13th. 1872.



My dear McLean,

Last night about mid-night I received telegrams from Hall, which I sent you early this morning. Now there is a telegram from Rogan and Smith which is important, as they throw the whole responsibility upon Government, as say they will not do as you propose, viz:- talk with the Chiefs out of the Court.

So far as I can judge, the New Zealand Court Judges are bound to force the cases on. If not, they are in the position of having submitted to threats, and having had their proceedings stopped, which of course would bring the Court into contempt. On the other hand, so long as they get through the cases, no matter how, the Government is responsible, and has to give effect to their decision, as the case is proceeding now. Ngatiraukawa are carrying through their claims; the opponents declining to appear in Court, and giving notice they will not acknowledge the decision of the Court. Altogether it is a precious mess, and it appears to me no good can result for the Court continuing.

I told you yesterday of some of Karaitiana's proceedings. To-day I hear he is getting up the proceedings in the Waikato purchase case. It seems you bought (Provincially) Harauria's share from Maney, and on that he is going to try to fix his statement that you and I got the Natives' land by drink when the weather was very hot.

The Rangatira comes here Saturday from Wellington, and returns to Wellington on Monday.


Yours always, (Signed)
J.D. Ormond.

Part of:
Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0485 (75 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)

Usage: You can search, browse, print and download items from this website for research and personal study. You are welcome to reproduce the above image(s) on your blog or another website, but please maintain the integrity of the image (i.e. don't crop, recolour or overprint it), reproduce the image's caption information and link back to here (http://mp.natlib.govt.nz/detail/?id=1007433). If you would like to use the above image(s) in a different way (e.g. in a print publication), or use the transcription or translation, permission must be obtained. More information about copyright and usage can be found on the Copyright and Usage page of the NLNZ web site.

External Links:
View Full Descriptive Record in TAPUHI

Leave a comment

This function is coming soon.

Latest comments