Object #1013086 from MS-Papers-0032-0552

3 pages written 9 Sep 1863 by Henry Robert Russell in Waipukurau to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - H R Russell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0552 (113 digitised items). 108 letters written from Whangamoana, Wellington, Mount Herbert, Te Aute, Waipukerau, and Napier, 1853-1872. Includes piece-level inventory (1969 accessions not included)

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Tavistoch Waipukurau
9th Sept. 1863

My dear Maclean,

I regret I did not see you on Thursday, as you did not make your appearance on Sunday I thought you had altered your plans and I sent my English Letter by Hiroka.

The appearance of the Gazette without any Company being called out is a disappointment to every one hereabouts. I trust to hear that it is now done, and that the remainder of No. 6 Company are also called out, so that the whole Militia affair inland may not become a farce, as it now is with some 23 men appearing on parade in my Company.

I have Written Whitmore fully on this subject, and with a suggestion that the northern portion of No. 7 Company of Militia should be joined to what remains of No. 6 after the Volunteering, so as to make one strong, and respectable Company instead of two handfuls. I have suggested to Whitmore how the staff of officers can be disposed of.

Hoping to hear cheering news pr.steamer, I remain My dear Maclean,
Yrs. always
H. R. Russell

The Arms are left about in such a loose state that I am very uneasy about it. Fancy 100 stands being left in the Court House at Waipawa without any guard, and we so near to hostile bands of Natives who would give any thing to possess such a prize. Truly with our slow training and preparations inland we shall be indebted to Providence if nothing happens us before we are ready. R.R.

Part of:
Inward letters - H R Russell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0552 (113 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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