Object #1012176 from MS-Papers-0032-0169

3 pages written 27 Feb 1872 by Sir George Ferguson Bowen in New Zealand to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Sir George and Lady Diamantina Bowen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0169 (122 digitised items). 119 letters written from Auckland, Wanganui, Wellington, Melbourne, Dunedin, Taranaki, Mercer, May 1868-Aug 1874, and undated. Includes draft letters from McLean.

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Government House New Zealand
Feb. 27, 1872

My dear McLean,

I have decided to land at Kaikora, and then to make my way overland to Christchurch, as it is quite uncertain if steamers can be got to call at Kaikora for a reasonable sum. As it is important that I should be back at Wellington about the 10th or 12th, so as to be able to write for the Mail wh. leaves on the 18th. I should like to start tomorrow (Wednesday) evening, or, at the latest, on Thursday evening. Fairchild says that Cape Campbell Lighthouse wants a visit soon; so, if you are not ready, the "Luna" cd combine that with landing me at Kaikora.

I still hope you will be able to accompany me overland by Taupo and the Hot Lakes, as you have not been there for so many years. At all events, I hope you will meet me at Auckland, and use all prudent efforts to bring about a meeting in the Waikato - to wh. all my letters from England agree with that from Featherston in attaching vital importance - with a view of immigration etc.

Pray come and lunch tomorrow at 2, when we could settle what I shall write abt. your late successes on the West Coast.

Fairchild will take this and you can tell him whether you will be ready tomorrow or Thursday or whether I had better go to Kaikora alone.

Ever yrs.
G. F. Bowen

Part of:
Inward letters - Sir George and Lady Diamantina Bowen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0169 (122 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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