Object #1011488 from MS-Papers-0032-0326
3 pages written 16 Feb 1861 by Edward Francis Harris in Makaraka to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - Surnames, Har - Haw, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0326 (22 digitised items).
Correspondents:Robert G Hawes, Meeanee, 1869 (1 letter); Mr Harris, Auckland, 1860 (1 letter); Edward Francis Harris, Ahuriri, Wellington & Wanganui, 1851-1861 98 letters); Edwin Harris, New Plymouth, 1847-1860, and undated (7 letters); F Harris, Havelock, Marlborough, 1865 (1 letter); James Harris, Auckland, 1863 (1 letter); John Hyde Harris, Dunedin, 1870-1876 (2 letters).
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
16 Febry. 1861
Finding that matters instead of bettering, are becoming, worse with us I have decided on leaving this district, and trying my fortunes elsewhere.
With this view I have already sent Mrs Harris and the little ones to stay at her parents, they having kindly offered to take charge of them until I have chosen upon our future home. Believing that there will be a good field open for me either at the Figees or Queensland, I shall start from here for Auckland; in all probability, about the latter end of April or sometime in May. Since leaving Napier I have renewed my acquaintance with the Carpenters tools, and am therefore amply provided with a good supply.
Candidly I have been coining money at that occupation lately. I trust that I shall be so occupied up to the time of my leaving this.
I write on this occasion in order that you may give me your advice, in this to me, important step, and in giving that advice pray bear in mind that I am determined to earn my living in any honest way.
Since I have been here instead of extricating myself from my difficulties I have become plunged more deeply, and it is with the firm hope of extricating myself from the same that I go elsewhere.
It would appear to me that the Figees possess many
advantages to one situated as I am - european labour being so much in demand, one could not readily be placed in a situation of pecuniary distress.
I merely mention the Figees especially as it has struck me as opening a good field. I will be very thankful for the advice which I trust you will kindly offer me.
I am dear sir,
Edward F. Harris.
Donald McLean Esqre.
Inward letters - Surnames, Har - Haw, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0326 (22 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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