Object #1014755 from MS-Papers-0032-0654

2 pages written 21 Nov 1861 by Edwin Turner Woon to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Surnames, Woo - Woo, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0654 (14 digitised items). Correspondents:H S Woodruffe, Taupo, 1871 (1 letter); Edward Woolfield, Onehunga & Epsom, 1870, 1874-1875 (5 letters); Edwin T Woon, Wanganui, 1861 (1 letter); G W Woon, Auckland, 1870-1871 & undated (3 letters); Jane Woon, Wanganui, 1854-1855 (3 letters)

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Via Wellington. Wanganui
November 21st. 1861.

Donald McLean Esq.
Dear Sir,

Your kind favour 17th. ult. to hand. In answer to your enquiry relative to the feelings of the natives on this river and as to their general views with regard to affairs relating to themselves, what I can judge from their conversation, they are peaceably inclined and have no wish to be at variance with the settlers. Still there seems to be a clinging to the so called "King", and generally are in favour of that movement.

There has been a great deal said and reported as to the movements of these natives also a great amount of unnecessary alarm, more especially during the disturbanbaces at Waitara, all without the slightest foundation, my humble opinion is, that with a little proper management and determination they may be led into the right way.

Generally they seem to hail with delight the arrival of Sir G. Grey and are of the opinion that our former Goy. has been withdrawn by the Queen for his going to war with them, and that Governor Grey has come to make peace.

I am dear Sir, Yours truly,
Edwin T. Woon.

P.S. What I can judge from the papers there is likely to be a demand for men conversant with the native language, where I to receive a good offer of a permanent situation under Sir Geo. Grey as governor of the country I should be inclined to dispose of my business in favour of it. Mr. Turton I think can speak of my abilities as a Maori scholar.

Part of:
Inward letters - Surnames, Woo - Woo, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0654 (14 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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