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
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
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.
My Dear Sir,
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.
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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