Object #1014696 from MS-Papers-0032-0222

3 pages written Apr 1851 by William Colenso in Waitangi (Hawke's Bay) 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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1851 (?)


Monday morng.
My Dear Sir,

Mrs. Colenso gladly avails herself of an opportunity to send you a little Butter - to which I add a few nuts - having nothing better of fruit kind to offer.

There are however a few bottles of Gooseberry and Elder wine remaining which are wholly at your Service.

I saw a Brig off on Saturday which (at first) I took for the Govt. Brig - but afterwards supposed to be a whaling one.

I suppose you heard of my "maumau-haere-noa" to Moeangiangi, whence I returned on Friday 4 a.m.

I should like to know when you may be coming this way - that I may be at home when you call.

I should have told you, that the 2 vols. of "Mit-chell's Travels in Australia", which you so kindly lent me, are still here.

There is a young scamp of a Chief belonging to the Ngati hine uru Tribe, but who chiefly resides at Tangoio, called Mohi Tarapuhi, of whom you should know something. As, (in addition to his having taken a second wife,) he has very recently taken away from her husband the mother of his 2nd wife! with whom he is boldly cohabiting: relying upon our forbearance and his nuinga.

Believe me,
Yours truly,
W. Colenso
To:--D. McLean Esq.,
etc. etc. etc.

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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