Object #1013180 from MS-Papers-0032-0222

2 pages written 1 Jan 1868 by William Colenso to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0222 (85 digitised items). 82 letters written from Waitangi (Hawke's Bay) & Napier. Includes letters from McLean to Colenso, and newspaper cuttings re Maori English lexicon

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Friday aftn.
My Dear Sir,

Many thanks for your kind note of this morning You are no sooner back, than you are kindly thinking of your neighbour! I had heard of your having arrived, indeed I thought I made you out with my glass yesterday. I fear you must have had a rough passage, but it was well you were not out last night.

I thank you much for Crusoe and will return it to you in a few days -- so that you may return it to the Library: I have long had the P. Progress (a poor translation) I therefore return you the copy you sent.

I am indebted to you, my dear Sir, for all you have kindly done, or attempted, in way of Dictionary -- ''Essay'' etc. etc. I am much gratified in finding that you had seen the one copy, and that you approved of it: I return Hector's note (enclosed).

It was one thing, however, to have printed it as an Essay (hastily written in ''6 weeks,'' all the time allowed me!) -- And at that time too, -- and now to print it among the more carefully written ''Institute'' Papers: -- but better perhaps thus, than not at all: Sir G. Grey greatly wished for a copy.

I know nothing of what you may have been doing at Wellington during the last fortnight -- (indeed I know little of what is doing here, as I have not been in the town for more than a week) -- as my papers thence have been very irregular; so, also from Auckland.

I hope to do myself the pleasure of calling on you at your office in a few days -- perhaps on Monday or Tuesday; -- I hope you are quite well, and that you will continue so; as I am sure you will have ''lots of calls'' -- At the same time you will need rest -- after all your battlings, late sittings, and mental worry, -- and if you do not secure it, you will find you are burning both ends of the candle.

I am truly glad you are returned to us.

I am, My Dear Sir,
Yours truly,
Wm. Colenso
His Honor D. McLean Esq.,
etc. etc. etc.
P. S. I got a letter from Latimer last evening -- he arrived in London Augt. 12 -- 105 days passage, -- of which, 48 (!) from Auckland to Cape Horn.

Part of:
Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0222 (85 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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