Object #1014583 from MS-Papers-0032-0485

3 pages written 6 Mar 1872 by John Davies Ormond in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0485 (75 digitised items). 72 letters written from Auckland and Napier, 1871-1872

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English (ATL)

Napier

March 6th 1872



My dear McLean

The Nebraska has only just been discovered and as she is close she will be off quickly so I have only time for a hurried line - Since I wrote last the enemy have been unusually active - Yesterday they had a meeting at Poukawa the object was to get some Deed from Hapuku Arihi and others - H. Russell told Samuel Williams lately that the natives should

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repudiate everything they could and that Ngaterawa and Raukawa especially should be contested - They are evidently working to get Hapuku into their hands again - It is a pity you cannot come here for a time as you could stop that - Locke at my desire has sent for Hapuku but the enemy are keeping a tight rein upon him - Buchanan I have seen since Hart wrote he will contest the Superintendency with Rhodes if I give it up He professes to be on our side but I did not say much one way or the other - I still think I had better remain at Hawkes Bay and give up Public Works - Every day shows me the work cannot be properly done from here. Gisborne has just made a lot of arrangements disposing of Carruthers' time when in my opinion he ought to be differently employed -

Kinross knows about Russell's action in Raukawa and waits Hapuku's arrival here -

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The enemy have found out that some of the Grantees in some cases were not of age when they signed the Deeds - About the libel case there has been a great deal of fuss since I last wrote but I think it will be arranged if a guarrantee can be got to the extent of abt.£200 for expenses in case the case shd. be lost -

Kinross and I will do this if you will join say yes or no by Telegraph.

There is no other especial news and I must close.


Yours always
J.D.Ormond

English (ATL)

Napier

March 6th 1872



My dear McLean

The Nebraska has only just been discovered and as she is close she will be off quickly so I have only time for a hurried line - Since I wrote last the enemy have been unusually active - Yesterday they had a meeting at Poukawa the object was to get some Deed from Hapuku Arihi and others - H. Russell told Samuel Williams lately that the natives should repudiate everything they could and that Ngaterawa and Raukawa especially should be contested - They are evidently working to get Hapuku into their hands again - It is a pity you cannot come here for a time as you could stop that - Locke at my desire has sent for Hapuku but the enemy are keeping a tight rein upon him - Buchanan I have seen since Hart wrote he will contest the Superintendency with Rhodes if I give it up He professes to be on our side but I did not say much one way or the other - I still think I had better remain at Hawkes Bay and give up Public Works - Every day shows me the work cannot be properly done from here. Gisborne has just made a lot of arrangements disposing of Carruthers' time when in my opinion he ought to be differently employed -

Kinross knows about Russell's action in Raukawa and waits Hapuku's arrival here - The enemy have found out that some of the Grantees in some cases were not of age when they signed the Deeds - About the libel case there has been a great deal of fuss since I last wrote but I think it will be arranged if a guarrantee can be got to the extent of abt.£200 for expenses in case the case shd. be lost -

Kinross and I will do this if you will join say yes or no by Telegraph.

There is no other especial news and I must close.


Yours always
J.D.Ormond

Part of:
Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0485 (75 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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