Object #1013021 from MS-Papers-0032-0221

4 pages written 21 Dec 1860 by William Colenso in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0221 (43 digitised items). 45 letters written from Church Mission Station, Waitangi (Hawke's Bay), Waipukurau & Napier, 1850-1865. Includes letters in Maori, and letters from McLean to Colenso. Also memoranda of a conversation which took place between Rev H Williams and Colenso on 10 Aug 1839. Maori correspondents include Wiremu Tipuna; Hori Niania; Te Hapuku, Hinepaketia, Ani Te Patukaikino, Hoani & Hori.

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English (ATL)


Decr. 21/60

Dear Mr. McLean,

I posted to your address last week a few copies (Maori) of Renata's speech and of Mr. FitzGerald's answer.

I now enclose one -- that It may not only reach you, but come under your notice. As I think Mr. FitzGerald's answer to be a really good one and well suited to the times I would suggest that it be printed in your ''Maori Messenger'' Of course I would not recommend the printing in that serial of Renata's speach.

I feel sure you will believe that I have been for a long time anxiously noicing all your movements at the N/ -- and all your sayings to, or concerning, the natives. And am sorry, very sorry, that you have such a host of enemies arrayed against you -- especially among those who ought to know and do better.

You, I know, will be quite ready to believe that I lose no opportunity of aiding and assisting your views and plans as to the Natives -- the War -- and Maori king. I would that all here were but unaimous -- I mean of those who both speak Maori and have some influence among them.

Could you not get me a 1/2 doz/ copies of Karere Maori instead of a single one. For years I had 2 -- but of late only one -- and this one, together with one which comes for Supt. -- we give away -- and I am often beseiged for more. I have also been told by the natives that they do not get them as they used to. If I could not get 1/2 doz. copies regularly, yet that no. or more, sent me whenever there is a defeat of the natives, or any good article to them, will sure to be of service.

Hoping you are quite well, and with every good wish and respects.

I am,
Yours truly,
Wm. Colenso.

Part of:
Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0221 (43 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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