Object #1008533 from MS-Papers-0032-0318

4 pages written 3 Jan 1847 by William Halse in Taranaki Region to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - William Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0318 (33 digitised items). 33 letters written from New Plymouth

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Letter from W. Halse. dated 3 January 1847.

COPY. Taranaki.

3rd. January 1847.



My dear Sir,

I got your letter of the 28th December; and really have nothing to send you in reply. We are without vessels, or news of any kind; and it is getting dull work to open a glass and continually strain one's eyes in looking along the sea line for the Governor.

Our Christmas Day was somewhat damaged by indifferent beef; but, like good Christians, we ate and forgot it. The people laid aside their perpetual plodding for some days, and they finished off on Friday with a pic-nic at Waitara. Webster and his family went down in a carriage and two, early in the morning; and there were, besides 5 or 6 other Bullock carts, on the ground.

R. Brown and Aubrey started from Town in Cooke's hearse; and it nearly proved an appropriate vehicle for them; for old Sandy backed down the cutting on the North side of the ford at the Henui; and threw passengers, provisions, cart and himself over a precipice of 7 or 8 feet, into the river. Except to the cart of provisions, no damage was done beyond a ducking to Brown and Aubrey; who afterwards reached Waitara on horseback.

There was a very decent amateur concert at Davis, on the 30th. Upwards of 120 were asked. To accommodate them an addition was made to the long room on the lawn. I was astonished to see the place so well arranged, and so well occupied. All the women were remarkably well dressed; as were also the men; and for the moment, I could easily fancy myself in some well-appointed house at Home.

The singing was very fair; and as a commencement, very creditable to Davis, Newland, Murch, Merchant, Parris, and Harris,- who, I believe, got it up. There were no refreshments; nor could they be expected; so some of the people paired off to a spread at Wicksteed's, and Webster's, while Dorset, myself, and 4 others laid siege to a private supper got up by the eminent,- Monsieur George.

The Summer weather appears to have come and left us before its time. The disagreeable S. Westers have set in; but they have brought rain to the parched crops. I hope it is in time.

I think I shall finish off just where I am now; for I have no pretext for writing. I could go on in this way to some length; but you could not extract any news from it. Your time is better employed than in reading an idle writer.

I presume you are now at Wanganui, as Charles Brown stated you had marched for that place. I should not dislike to be there myself; if only to see a few Redcoats, to remind me of old times.


Believe me to remain Yours sincerely, (Signed)
W. Halse.
To:- D. McLean Esq.

Part of:
Inward letters - William Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0318 (33 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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