Object #1008501 from MS-Papers-0032-0451

4 pages written 31 Jan 1857 by Robert Maunsell to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Surnames, Mau - Mer, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0451 (22 digitised items). Correspondents:D C Maunsell, Wellington, 1876 (4 letters); E S Maunsell, Wellington, 1876 (1 letter); Rev Robert Maunsell, Kohanga, 1856-1857 (2 letters); Mark Maxton, Wellington, 1873 (1 letter).Samuel Frederick Mayhew, Wellington, 1870 (1 letter); Rev Samuel Mayhew, London, 1872 (2 letters); Edward Mayne, Stafford, 1870 & 1874 (2 letters); William Mayo, Napier, 1869 (1 letter); J A R Menzies, Dunedin & Wellington, 1850-1875 & undated (6 letters); H Mercer, Auckland, 1862-1863 (2 letters).

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

Download alow-resolution PDF or high-resolution PDF

English (ATL)


Jan. 31, 1857.

My dear Sir,

I am much obliged for your kind attention in the matter of the farm servant. I expect that a Nova Scotian would answer well for the bush, as we don't want a first rate; but rather a good ploughman accustomed to those shifts which an out settler is often driven to.

Mata's party declined any farther services of the man we have here and I have accordingly given him notice to leave. One of them had been in our school for some time and manages the cattle very well. On the whole they are going to work in the most satisfactory manner, and I am in hopes that the experiment, as far as the mere farming is concerned, will succeed well; and that a good supply will come in by and bye for stocking their property. They are beginning now to fence.

We don't feel disposed to exceed £50 and rations for the farm servant. We should prefer £45 for the first year; £50 for the second. If the man agrees to those terms he might come in the course of two or three weeks, with the post man who leaves Auckland every Monday at 2 o.c., his heavy things coming by boat. If he has a family they had better come by boat --- all of them, and in that case I shall have to make arrangements for a canoe to fetch him thence. My present man won't leave before March 1. Perhaps I may hear further from you before then.

I am, My dear Sir,
Yours truly,
R. Maunsell.

Part of:
Inward letters - Surnames, Mau - Mer, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0451 (22 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=1008501). 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