Object #1009545 from MS-Papers-0032-0507

3 pages written 24 Aug 1870 by Dr Daniel Pollen in Auckland Region to Sir Julius Vogel

From: Inward letters - Daniel Pollen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0507 (52 digitised items). 51 letters written from Auckland, 1857-1870, and undated. Includes copy of letter from W N Searanke to Dr Pollen & Lt Col W Moule to Searanke, 30 Jul 1869; John W Thorp to Major Cooper, Ohinemuri, Aug 1869; other letters to Dr Pollen, Aug 1869. Also piece-level inventory (excludes letters accessioned in 1969)

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August 24th - 1870

My dear Vogel,

I have sent you a letter from Cruickshank Smart & Co. about funds for their Mail contract. They have not I am afraid the means of making large advances on Hall's acct. and the holders of conts. here, Henderson and Macfarlane, require the payments to be prompt for very good reason.

It is difficult I know to interfere safely between the Agent and the Principal but there is danger of the scandal of the line breaking down here which I think you would like to prevent if possible.

A remittance of £400 ought to have been made to Honolulu last trip but a promise to send ''next time'' was all that could be given by the Agents.

I enclose a note from J. S. Macfarlane in reference to the claims of Kelly of Opotiki for Defence supplies; Kelly has been here several times about the matter and if it had not been for Scrugle he must have come to grief. £3000 is a big sum for a small trader. I send you the note privately instead of making an official record of it as I assume there must be some mistake or neglect of the account in the Defence office.

The Thames telegraph line is working well.

I have stopped the proceeding with the other work from Shortland to Tauranga as the result would have been I am sure that the Thames line would have been cut down for us. Our native friends about Ohinemuri are not at all in a loyal frame of mind and they have just now a malignant hatred of the ''wire'' which I think it prudent to respect/The contractors are men without means or credit and they would have involved themselves and finally the Government in useless expenditure. When you can make the line by Ohinemuri without opposition you will be able to decide whether that or the line to Cambridge is the better one and to adopt that which offers the greater advantage.

I am yours very truly,
Daniel Pollen

Part of:
Inward letters - Daniel Pollen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0507 (52 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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