Object #1009639 from MS-Papers-0032-0277

4 pages written 22 Sep 1845 by Thomas Spencer Forsaith in Auckland Region to Sir Donald McLean in Taranaki Region

From: Inward letters - Surnames, Foo - Fox, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0277 (37 digitised items). Correspondents:A Cracroft Fookes, Wanganui, 1873 (1 letter); James Foot, Point Russell (Waikato), 1870 (1 letter); Charles Forbes, Manawatu Ferry, undated letter; Father J Forest, Napier, 1865-1873 (3 letters); Thomas Spencer Forsaith, Waingaroa, Wellington, Wainui & Auckland,1844-1858 (8 letters).Also: P Fortescue, Patea, Napier & Akitio, 1864-1871 (3 letters); Miss Eliza Foster, undated letter; Frederick A C Foster, Wellington, 1869 (2 letters); John Foster, undated letter; R N Foster, Mount Erin (Havelock), 1867 (1 letter); Ebenezer Fox, London, Wellington & Auckland, 1872-1875 & undated (3 letters); Edward Thomas Fox, Wanganui, 1856-1874 (9 letters); James G Fox, Wellington, 1870-1871 (3 letters).

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English (ATL)

Auckland
Septr. 22, 1845


My Dear McLean -

By return of Mr. Bolland I send you a line or two, though I have nothing particular to relate, excepting an event which has cast a gloom over all our spirits I mean the death of Mr. Skevington who fell down in Chapel last evening in an apoplectic fit and died almost immediately - This is a solemn warning to us all, to be also ready for "we know not the day nor the hour when the Son of Man cometh" - The poor widow will feel this most keenly I trust however she will be supported by Him who is peculiarly the help of the widows -

Our public affairs are in much the same position as when Mr. Clarke wrote -

The troops are

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still at Waimate, Kawiti is in a new strongly fortified pa at "Ruapekapeka" and Heke at Hikurangi, the object of the expedition when they set out I believe was to crush Kawiti - but what they intend doing now I cannot say. Some say peace will be made! Two hundred more soldiers are expected from Sydney, but have not yet arrived - I fear matters have gone so far now that nothing but a complete and decisive victory over the rebel will restore tranquility to the Island. I perceive by the rules forms sent by your last report that you are out of forms. I therefore send you some - We have no Maori papers to send you, we have too busy to

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get this Month through the press - but when that is accomplished will send you some -

You must excuse the hasty unconnected nature of this epistle - as I am very busy, and shall therefore close by remaining


Yours very truly
Thomas Forsaith
D. McLean Esqr.

English (ATL)

Auckland
Septr. 22, 1845


My Dear McLean -

By return of Mr. Bolland I send you a line or two, though I have nothing particular to relate, excepting an event which has cast a gloom over all our spirits I mean the death of Mr. Skevington who fell down in Chapel last evening in an apoplectic fit and died almost immediately - This is a solemn warning to us all, to be also ready for "we know not the day nor the hour when the Son of Man cometh" - The poor widow will feel this most keenly I trust however she will be supported by Him who is peculiarly the help of the widows -

Our public affairs are in much the same position as when Mr. Clarke wrote -

The troops are still at Waimate, Kawiti is in a new strongly fortified pa at "Ruapekapeka" and Heke at Hikurangi, the object of the expedition when they set out I believe was to crush Kawiti - but what they intend doing now I cannot say. Some say peace will be made! Two hundred more soldiers are expected from Sydney, but have not yet arrived - I fear matters have gone so far now that nothing but a complete and decisive victory over the rebel will restore tranquility to the Island. I perceive by the rules forms sent by your last report that you are out of forms. I therefore send you some - We have no Maori papers to send you, we have too busy to get this Month through the press - but when that is accomplished will send you some -

You must excuse the hasty unconnected nature of this epistle - as I am very busy, and shall therefore close by remaining


Yours very truly
Thomas Forsaith
D. McLean Esqr.

Part of:
Inward letters - Surnames, Foo - Fox, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0277 (37 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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