Object #1011271 from MS-Papers-0032-0364
4 pages written 18 Aug 1867 by James Kelham to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - Surnames, Kelham, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0364 (10 digitised items).
Correspondents:G A Kelham, The Hutt, 1869 & undated (2 letters); J Kelham, Wellington & London, 1852-1867 (8 letters, includes draft letter from McLean).
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
18 Augt. 1867.
My dear McLean,
I thank you for your letter of the 14th. Fitzherbert is now wavering - he says he is more likely to increase than to diminish the Stamp Duties - you may therefore conclude that my question will not have the support of the Ministers. But, if they find the Sense of the House is so strongly in its favor that they must submit, then as in many other cases they will do so. I think that this question touches so directly the domestic affections of every Father and Husband in the House that a Majority will be inclined to sacrifice political partisanship to more humane and Christian sentiment towards the most helpless part of the Community. So that if you or some other of your friends would bring it forward I think it would be sure to succeed. I am sure that I have had the approbation of a dozen members, and I think they would not fail in the day of Trial. Early notice of motion should be given for you may be sure that Govt. will always have so much pressing business in hands that they will interpose every delay to its being brought forward.
Mrs Kelham unites with me in kind regards,
I see that you have many affairs of your own before the House, but I hope when a little intermission in your Duties takes place that we shall have your promised visit to the Hutt.
Inward letters - Surnames, Kelham, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0364 (10 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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