Object #1013179 from MS-Papers-0032-0641

4 pages written 13 Jun 1873 by William Leonard Williams in Napier City

From: Inward letters - William Leonard Williams, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0641 (18 digitised items). 16 letters written from Horotutu, Waerengahika, Turanganui, Poverty Bay, Auckland, 1858-1876. Includes list of settlers killed by the Hauhau at Poverty Bay, 10-11 Nov 1868 (signed W L Williams, 11 Nov).Piece-level inventory of letters accessioned pre-1969

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June 13, 1873

My dear Sir

I have been hoping that public business would have brought you before this into these parts, and so have given me an opportunity of communicating with you in person.

It seems that I have omitted to make the use which I should have done of the memorandum which you gave me with reference to my passages to and from Auckland to assist Sir W. Martin with the English Lesson Book for Maori Schools. I did nothing with the memorandum until my return in February when I took it to Mr. Ormond and asked him if he cd give me the £10 which I had paid on account of my passages, but he told me that the proper course was that I should have presented the memorandum to the Agents of the steamer in each case when I was taking my passage and that they would then have charged it against the public account.

I am sorry that I did not understand this before that so I might have been under no necessity of troubling you any further in the matter. As the matter is however I shall be much obliged if you can put me into the way of obtaining the abovementioned sum of ten pounds.

I only returned last week from a two months trip along the coast as far as Waiapu. There was a report not long since that there was a prospect of further trouble at Waiapu between Hatare and Paora Te Haenga, But as I have heard nothing about it since I hope that we may hear no more of it. The natives are anxious (the Ngatiporou, I mean) that some check should be imposed upon the free sale of spirits in the district but I will write to you more fully on this subject in a little while as they have a memorial to the Governor in course of signature which I will forward as soon as the signatures have all come in. I hear that at a meeting of "the bench" the other day it was decided to increase the number of public houses in the Waiapu district to fourteen.

I remain, Yours very truly.

Part of:
Inward letters - William Leonard Williams, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0641 (18 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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