Object #1010003 from MS-Papers-0032-0664

2 pages written 8 Nov 1856 by an unknown author in New Plymouth District

From: Inward letters - Fragments and letters from unidentified correspondents, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0664 (176 digitised items). Large folder of letters, many from unidentified correspondents. Those that have been identified include the following: Herbert E Leadam (1866); Richard W Woncken of Wanganui to George H Davies (1876); fragment from his sister-in-law Catherine McLean (undated & 1866 fragment); Charles Weby of Napier (1868); D Schmit re discovery of gold (undated); Clifton College (1869); H Te Mautaranui of Auckland (1860); J Smith of Dunedin (1872); J W H Maclean (undated fragment); Henry Crowdise of Napier (1862); Thomas Chargellray of Ireland (1871); CGC [C G Crosse?](undated); Joseph Busland of 360 George Street (1874); Birthia W (1852); A Domett (1863); Agent General (undated); Catherine Stevenson of Glasgow (1853); S.K. of Wanganui (1848); letter from George McLean of Glasgow re death of Donald McLean's brother Captain John McLean and giving news of his family (1872); Henry Bodaan of Napier (1866); J Meisen of Dunedin (1876); H M S Esk (1865); Robert G Harvey of Napier (1865); letter written from Parawai (Mar 1876); C Marshall of Auckland (1872); J Watson Bain (1858); Catherine Wray, Ireland (1871); E D H Fairtlough (1875); letter addressed to Dear Thatcher (Frederick Thatcher?), undated; letter to Editor of Wanganui Chronicle, 1856; letter recommending John Oakley from a London correspondent (undated fragment). Many other letter fragments or letters with indecipherable signatures.

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English (ATL)

New Plymouth,
Saty. 8 Novr., 1856.

To the Editor of the Wanganui Chronicle. Sir,

Our Council came to its crisis on Tuesday or Wednesday last when its ultimatum for dissolution was given in to the Superintendent. No doubt the Governor will readily accede and new elections of course will soon be on the tapis. Henceforth, I apprehend, we shall have less of meddling with and bungling at legislation, and I think that as regards these we may retrospect with painful regret for the thus needless expenditure of both time and money. Various reasons are assigned for this sudden backing out, and no doubt a favourable gloss will be given in the Herald of this morning to account for the prematurity through one or two motives not so favorable to the existence of a good understanding afloat among us.

The investigation by a committee of the Council, regarding Mr. McLean's alleged misappropriations here of land to the Maories came to a close on Monday, when our treasuier Mr. Chilman, very untowardly for himself, failed to establish his claim to the few acres of swamp near the Henui; and when, also, all theother allegations against that gentleman were shown us to be erroneous --- in other words, based on the sand of a mean unworthy spirit, but which on every occasion that offers here against him is sure to manifest; yet, eventually, has ever as surely met with disgraceful defeat. My advice to the mischievous clique, who thus so wantonly buzz at him, would be for the future to let their betters alone, and Mr. McLean assuredly musters, in affairs both of mind and utility, toweringly high over them in these capacities,

I am, Sir,
Your obedt. servt., (Signed)

Part of:
Inward letters - Fragments and letters from unidentified correspondents, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0664 (176 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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