Object #1014784 from MS-Papers-0032-0576

2 pages written 16 Apr 1845 by John Skevington to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Surnames, Sin - Sma, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0576 (31 digitised items). Correspondents:James Sinclair, Blenheim & Wellington, 1875 & undated (2 letters & enclosure); John Shevington, Heretoa, 1845 (2 letters); Allan McLean Skinner, Wolverhampton, 1864-1867 (5 letters); Ann Skinner, London, 1857-1859 (3 letters); Robert G Skinner, Wellington & Akitio, 1868-1872 & undated (3 letters).Thomas Skinner, Rotorua & Aotea, 1848-1861 (7 letters); W H Skinner, Wellington, 1869 (1 letter); F G Skipworth, Gisborne, 1874 (1 letter); D G Smale, Wellington, 1866 (1 letter); Gideon Smales, Aotea & East Tamaki, 1854 & 1870 (2 letters); Eliza Small, Auckland, 1863 (1 letter); Rev J S Smalley, Christchurch, 1876 (1 letter)

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English (ATL)

April 16th. 1845

Dear Sir,

Yours by the last mail arrived after I had left home for Wanganui, so that I had no opportunity of writing in reply. I should have written you before that time, but for the following reason. When on my return from my last journey to New Plymouth, I thought I recollected having suggested to Mr. Taylor the substitution of one word for another in the joint letter wo sent you from Ihupuku; and assigning as a reason, that I feared if we were not explicit, you might not come, - certainly not because I thought you inattentive to the duties of your office, but because I feared you might be so occupied with what was immediately before you, that you might not feel yourself justified in leaving that, to attend to matters at a distance, unless their importance was strongly urged upon you. Under this impression, I thought it better to defer writing to you until I had seen Mr. Taylor. My conversation with him upon the subject, confirmed my impression. It was this which led me to a statement, which being misunderstood, had a construction put upon it, which I never intended.

I hope the above will be satisfactory, and beg pardon for any painful feelings of which I may have been the unintentional cause.

Yours of the 14th. inst., I have just received, but as I hope to be up at New Plymouth (D.V.) next week, I will myself, if you please, be the bearer of the reply and of the statistics. Your former favour, together with the schedule I unfortunately left behind me at Patea on my return from Wanganui, but hope to have them this evening.

In hopes of seeing you in a few days.

I remain
Yours truly (Signed)
J. Skevington.
D. McLean Esq.

Part of:
Inward letters - Surnames, Sin - Sma, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0576 (31 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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