Object #1010342 from MS-Papers-0032-0148

4 pages to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Surnames, Bab - Bak, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0148 (21 digitised items). Correspondents:J Watson Bain, Auckland, 1859 (2 letters); Arthur Baker (undated letter); Charles Baker, Turanga, 1860 (1 letter); Charles Baker, Doncaster, 1871 (1 letter); Charles P Baker, Otakau, 1860 (1 letter); Ebenezer Baker, Turanga & Wellington, 1859-1860 (3 letters); G W Baber (undated letter); H A Baker, Wellington, 1876 (1 letter); Horace Baker, Gisborne, 1875 (2 letters); James Baber, Auckland, 1875 (1 letter); John Baker, Napier, 1864 (1 letter); John Baker, Waipawa, 1868 (1 letter); T F Baker, Turanganui & Camp Tuparoa, 1866-1867 ( 4 letters); James Buller, Wellington, 1858 ( 1 letter re his son Walter).

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Turanga,

April 27, 1860



My Dear Sir

At your request I write a few lines on my arrival here with view to give you a brief outline of the state of affairs in this district.

On my way we touched at Tanapahore and at the Awanui. The Taranaki news had reached these places; but the natives were not at all excited by the report nor appeared to sympathise with

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the Taranaki natives.

At Turanga I received the agreeable information that all are quiet and show no sympathy with the Taranaki insurrection. The settlers assured me that a change for the better had taken place among the natives, and that their behaviour towards the Europeans had greatly improved.

I have not yet seen Mr. Wardell, but have been told that the Chiefs are strongly opposed to his being withdrawn from this place -- a memorial was being made to His Excellency to urge the continuance of the Resident Magistrate of the district.

From these and other considerations, I feel happy to

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state my deliberate conviction that there is no ground for apprehension of difficulties with this people -- I may add one matter of interest -- The people in the neighbourhood of the old Mission Station have set to work upon the Church there and propose to effect its completion.

You will, I am sure, be gratified in receiving a more favourable account of the state of things in this place.

I am, My Dear Sir
Very truly yours
Charles Baker
D. McLean Esqr.

English (ATL)

Turanga,

April 27, 1860



My Dear Sir

At your request I write a few lines on my arrival here with view to give you a brief outline of the state of affairs in this district.

On my way we touched at Tanapahore and at the Awanui. The Taranaki news had reached these places; but the natives were not at all excited by the report nor appeared to sympathise with the Taranaki natives.

At Turanga I received the agreeable information that all are quiet and show no sympathy with the Taranaki insurrection. The settlers assured me that a change for the better had taken place among the natives, and that their behaviour towards the Europeans had greatly improved.

I have not yet seen Mr. Wardell, but have been told that the Chiefs are strongly opposed to his being withdrawn from this place -- a memorial was being made to His Excellency to urge the continuance of the Resident Magistrate of the district.

From these and other considerations, I feel happy to state my deliberate conviction that there is no ground for apprehension of difficulties with this people -- I may add one matter of interest -- The people in the neighbourhood of the old Mission Station have set to work upon the Church there and propose to effect its completion.

You will, I am sure, be gratified in receiving a more favourable account of the state of things in this place.

I am, My Dear Sir
Very truly yours
Charles Baker
D. McLean Esqr.

Part of:
Inward letters - Surnames, Bab - Bak, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0148 (21 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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