Object #1013113 from MS-Papers-0032-0270

3 pages written 4 Sep 1873 by Sir James Fergusson in New Zealand to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Sir James Fergusson (Governor), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0270 (38 digitised items). 38 letters written from Wellington and Wairarapa, 1873-1874. Includes letters to Mr Reynolds from Fergusson, Sep 1874; to Donald McLean from Ella Fergusson (undated) re books sent to Muriel; letters fron Donald McLean to Fergusson re his knighthood, 1874

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Government House New Zealand

4 Sept. 1873

My dear Mr. McLean,

Reading the interesting letters from Mr. Bush Major Mair of 22d and 26th September without any knowledge of Maoris, I should think the conclusions of the latter probable: on the other hand Mr. Pekanii's motto is consistent with prudence rather than lasting peace and the warning not to cross the line coupled with other deterrent influences, is not like a sense of weakness, but rather a continued determination to maintain the rule of which Turukutu's murder was only an indiscreet but successful mode of enforcement. It seems to me as if the leaders were anxious to prove to the Government their personal anxiety to avoid collisions, but possibly also their uncertainty of being able to do so. Any such element of danger you will doubtless know how to counteract while the chiefs are disposed to give you the opportunity. I see that Mr. Bush speaks of the invitation to me, and I remember that this was referred to as a rumoured intention in a former telegram, I presume that no such invitation has been sent: and probably they would feel their way with you before sending one.

Yours sincerely,
James Fergusson

Part of:
Inward letters - Sir James Fergusson (Governor), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0270 (38 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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