Object #1011078 from MS-Papers-0032-0444

1 page written 8 Dec 1870 by Frederick Edward Maning in Auckland Region to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - F E Maning, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0444 (67 digitised items). 58 letters written from Auckland and Hokianga, 1860-1870. Includes letter in Maori to Maning from Hone Mohi Tawhai, 1869; from Hoani Makaho Te Uruoterangi, Akarana, 1870; unsigned letter in Maori written from Weretana to Te Rauparaha, Sep 1869; T H Maning to his father, 1870; Maning to White, 1870; Harry H King to Maning, 1870.Includes piece-level inventory, 1860-1876 & undated (excluding 1969 acquisitions)

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English (ATL)

Decr. 8th, 1870

My Dear McLean

My only apology for writing is that the Governor today extracted a promise from me that I should write two words to you about the late murder of Todd the Surveyor otherwise I would not have taken the liberty in fact I have nothing to say and know nothing of particulars besides what are in the papers - if I am to say anything it is only that the affair appears to me to be the first fruits of Lord Genvilles dispatch and which I have looked for sooner "hit him he has no friends" - the thing is an ugly business no matter how you handle it. it will be soon seen whether it is a deliberate Tonowhawhai or only an ebullition of hatred which has caused an act which after being done they may be sorry for, anyway it is a bad business. You know best what you are able to do that is in fact the real question for us now. I beg pardon for this liberty but the Governor made me say I would say something, he seems uneasy and nervous about it and vexed.

I am going to Mahurangi to the hot springs tomorrow where I shall be for two weeks, being very unwell from rheumatism a broken shoulder blade, and the tag end of a Typhus fever I am almost used up I have been travelling holding courts and getting exposed to bad weather without giving myself any quiet or I should have been well long ago - but fear now I shall have a serious trouble to get well if indeed I ever do. the Prince is here and going to Taupo or Rotorua. I shall be here till the end of January.

At all times I am, Yours sincerely
F. E. Maning

Part of:
Inward letters - F E Maning, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0444 (67 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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