Object #1008319 from MS-Papers-0032-0169

3 pages written 19 Jul 1872 by Sir George Ferguson Bowen in New Zealand to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Sir George and Lady Diamantina Bowen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0169 (122 digitised items). 119 letters written from Auckland, Wanganui, Wellington, Melbourne, Dunedin, Taranaki, Mercer, May 1868-Aug 1874, and undated. Includes draft letters from McLean.

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Government House New Zealand

July 19, 1872

My dear Mr. McLean,

I send you for your perusal the enclosed "secret" despatch. As you will see, it cannot be published, but, of course any hints can be taken from it.

I regret to find that Capt. Pitt has neglected to procure from England during the six months that have elapsed since he was retained here at the request of Ministers, the detailed information necessary to enable the Govt. and Parliament to decide on any plan of Harbour defence. If you will specify what you are likely to want, I will write at once to the War Office, asking the cost of the guns, steam-launches etc. Probably the Imperial Govt. wd. give the Colony a number of guns, steam launches seem to be appropriate, because they wd. recoup their cost by being used as lighters in time of peace. We want defence here only against such vessels as the "Alabama" etc

Faithfully yours,
G. F. Bowen
The Honble. D. McLean,
C. M. G.
P. S. Pray return the enclosed when read.

Part of:
Inward letters - Sir George and Lady Diamantina Bowen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0169 (122 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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