Object #1010481 from MS-Papers-0032-0203

4 pages written 28 Aug 1848 by Moses Campbell in Wanganui to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Moses Campbell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0203 (12 digitised items). 11 letters and a memorandum written from Wanganui, 1845-1860

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Wanganui
28th. Aug. 1848.


My dear McLean,

We arrived here all safe on Tuesday last after a tolerably pleasant journey, we had a few adventures by the way, but nothing to speak of, one of the Natives left us at Woons and we could not get another to replace him, so we had to put the pico on the mule and trudge along the best we could, we reached Skinners on Saturday afternoon when the other Maurie left us. On Monday Skinner put us across the river one at a time his canoe being too small to contain more than two. Not a Maurie in the pah at Patea, they had all gone inland to some work; when we arrived at Tehou we found the Natives had deserted

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that pah likewise and had not left a single canoe to take us over, fortunately it was low water and after two attempts we succeeded in getting over, King began to be very tired at the journey before we reached home. The Natives have evidently taken my bag from the place where the horse threw it and hid the bag for the reward he expected would be offered, for when I desired Rubin to shew me the place where he found the bag he pointed out a spot much further down than where we caught the horse, however the reward was paid him viz. a sovereign. Cameron desires me to say he will be obliged to you to send him six bushels of black oats or f black cannot be had send any other good kind. you can procure, do not forget the Indian corn a great quantity and as much flour as will make up the tun. Cameron wishes you also to send two hundred weight of good seed potatoes.

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Let me know if you hear of any place to sell or let that you think would suit me as it is not impossible but I may get into Paradise yet. Nothing new here, a large family (the Parks) have returned to Wanganui and some more are expected. A man of the name of Verge arrived here last night with 18 mares and several horses, as I think he will not be able to sell the whole at this place I think it probable he will go up your way. You would have heard that Rangihaiata has been playing his pranks lately at the Rangatiki he made Caiverhill prisoner and kept him for several days till he promised a payment of rum and tobacco when will this have an end. I must now conclude with best regards to the Dr. and Mrs. Wilson and all my other friends in Paradise not forgetting Wickstead. Send me a few lines when you have leisure and believe me ever most sincerely yours,


M. Campbell.

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P.S. Do not forget to send the little grunters i.e. pigs. Send me six leather purses you will get them at Ryan store, cost six pence each.

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Wanganui
28th. Aug. 1848.


My dear McLean,

We arrived here all safe on Tuesday last after a tolerably pleasant journey, we had a few adventures by the way, but nothing to speak of, one of the Natives left us at Woons and we could not get another to replace him, so we had to put the pico on the mule and trudge along the best we could, we reached Skinners on Saturday afternoon when the other Maurie left us. On Monday Skinner put us across the river one at a time his canoe being too small to contain more than two. Not a Maurie in the pah at Patea, they had all gone inland to some work; when we arrived at Tehou we found the Natives had deserted that pah likewise and had not left a single canoe to take us over, fortunately it was low water and after two attempts we succeeded in getting over, King began to be very tired at the journey before we reached home. The Natives have evidently taken my bag from the place where the horse threw it and hid the bag for the reward he expected would be offered, for when I desired Rubin to shew me the place where he found the bag he pointed out a spot much further down than where we caught the horse, however the reward was paid him viz. a sovereign. Cameron desires me to say he will be obliged to you to send him six bushels of black oats or f black cannot be had send any other good kind. you can procure, do not forget the Indian corn a great quantity and as much flour as will make up the tun. Cameron wishes you also to send two hundred weight of good seed potatoes. Let me know if you hear of any place to sell or let that you think would suit me as it is not impossible but I may get into Paradise yet. Nothing new here, a large family (the Parks) have returned to Wanganui and some more are expected. A man of the name of Verge arrived here last night with 18 mares and several horses, as I think he will not be able to sell the whole at this place I think it probable he will go up your way. You would have heard that Rangihaiata has been playing his pranks lately at the Rangatiki he made Caiverhill prisoner and kept him for several days till he promised a payment of rum and tobacco when will this have an end. I must now conclude with best regards to the Dr. and Mrs. Wilson and all my other friends in Paradise not forgetting Wickstead. Send me a few lines when you have leisure and believe me ever most sincerely yours,


M. Campbell.

P.S. Do not forget to send the little grunters i.e. pigs. Send me six leather purses you will get them at Ryan store, cost six pence each.

Part of:
Inward letters - Moses Campbell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0203 (12 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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