Object #1012988 from MS-Papers-0032-0275

2 pages written 27 Apr 1859 by Thomas Henry Fitzgerald in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean in Auckland Region

From: Inward letters - Surnames, Fit - Fli, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0275 (22 digitised items). Correspondents:Thomas H Fitzgerald, Wellington & Napier, 1853-1861 (10 letters); W Fitzgerald, undated letter of condolence; Fitzgerald [?], Parnell, undated letter; FitzGbbon, Auckland, 1870 (1 letter).Also: William Fitzherbert, Wellington & Hutt, 1862-1875 (6 letters); James A Fletcher, Napier, 1869 (1 letter); Anne D Flight, New Plymouth, 2 undated letters.

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English (ATL)

Napier

27th April 1859


Donald McLean Esq. Auckland
My Dear Sir,

Our friend Gollan was married today to Mrs. Pelichet and left with his bride after a breakfast at our house for Chambers en route for home. You will I am sure be pleased to hear this our latest piece of news and therefore given first - You will no doubt be surprised to hear of my election to the Superintendency, an event wholly unlooked for by me and best explained in the extra of the Herald that I send herewith - I must say, however, that I thinkthe election of the Superintendent by the Council will not work well in general - as even in the late instance but for the compromise that was effected the New Provinces Act was near being rendered of no avail in our regard - the opinion seems to be gaining ground very fast that the election of the Superintendent should be made by the people as in the other Provinces but that to save the recurrence of such scenes as we have witnessed at Wellington he should have the power of dissolving the Council once. We are much in want of some properly qualified person to act as Chief Clerk or Secretary - the Salary to be given whom would be about £250 to begin with - Do

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you know any really good hand that you could recommend for such an office -if a fit person could be found I have no doubt but that the salary would soon be raised - Whilst I fill the office of Superintendent - I am most anxious that I shall have as little office work to do as possible seeing that I intend only to give 2 or 3 hours every day to public affairs as no inducement could be offered me to give up the fast increasing and profitable business I am at present engaged in - and for which reason I would take no salary that would imply an obligation of attending wholely to public affairs - if you could help me in this matter by recommending some one well used to official work and of good character and standing I would feel much obliged - We are looking for the ''White Swan'' every hour and presume that the reason of her detention is on acct. of the Easter festivities - When may be expect a visit from you?

I remain, Dear Sir
Yours very truly
T.H.Fitzgerald

English (ATL)

Napier

27th April 1859


Donald McLean Esq. Auckland
My Dear Sir,

Our friend Gollan was married today to Mrs. Pelichet and left with his bride after a breakfast at our house for Chambers en route for home. You will I am sure be pleased to hear this our latest piece of news and therefore given first - You will no doubt be surprised to hear of my election to the Superintendency, an event wholly unlooked for by me and best explained in the extra of the Herald that I send herewith - I must say, however, that I thinkthe election of the Superintendent by the Council will not work well in general - as even in the late instance but for the compromise that was effected the New Provinces Act was near being rendered of no avail in our regard - the opinion seems to be gaining ground very fast that the election of the Superintendent should be made by the people as in the other Provinces but that to save the recurrence of such scenes as we have witnessed at Wellington he should have the power of dissolving the Council once. We are much in want of some properly qualified person to act as Chief Clerk or Secretary - the Salary to be given whom would be about £250 to begin with - Do you know any really good hand that you could recommend for such an office -if a fit person could be found I have no doubt but that the salary would soon be raised - Whilst I fill the office of Superintendent - I am most anxious that I shall have as little office work to do as possible seeing that I intend only to give 2 or 3 hours every day to public affairs as no inducement could be offered me to give up the fast increasing and profitable business I am at present engaged in - and for which reason I would take no salary that would imply an obligation of attending wholely to public affairs - if you could help me in this matter by recommending some one well used to official work and of good character and standing I would feel much obliged - We are looking for the ''White Swan'' every hour and presume that the reason of her detention is on acct. of the Easter festivities - When may be expect a visit from you?

I remain, Dear Sir
Yours very truly
T.H.Fitzgerald

Part of:
Inward letters - Surnames, Fit - Fli, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0275 (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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