Object #1014888 from MS-Papers-0032-0268

2 pages written 8 Sep 1865 by Bingham Arthur Ferard in Wellington to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - B A Ferard, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0268 (26 digitised items). 25 letters written from Auckland, Wellington and Melbourne, 1862-1875. Includes draft letter from McLean to Ferard, 12 Dec 1862 & copy of letter, 12 Sep 1864

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English (ATL)

Wellington,
Sept. 8th, 1865.


My dear Maclean,

Old Strang seems dreadfully down at neither seeing nor hearing from you, though from what Ormond tells me of the critical state of affairs at Hawke's Bay I am not much surprized at your finding no time to write. I quite share Strang's disappointment not merely because a sight of you is good for sair een but from more sordid motives. I am not unnaturally anxious to hear something of the arrangements you have made with Campbell as to my house and land, for but for an incidental remark in a letter of yours to the Judge I should not have known that a house had been built, and of its cost and the return I am to get for it I am utterly ignorant but it strikes me that Campbell must have been in occupation of the land for a considerable time and I suppose I ought to be receiving some rent though I know not from what time it commences. Campbell wrote me a note but does not allude in any way to business matters I was also anxious for your presence here because I feel uneasy about Campbell's official position: the Government I am told intend to make reductions in the number of R.M's about the country and I am afraid he may be deprived of his office altogether even if Curling's enemies succeed in getting him kicked out, I do not suppose Campbell would get the appointment without considerable effort on your part. Henry Russell thinks they ought to have a lawyer and R. M. who should also hold courts at Havelock and Waipawa. It has been suggested to me that Campbell would make a capital Serjeant-at-Arms in place of Mayne who has applied to retire on a pension I dont know whether his successor has been determined on. Curnin has been kicked out of office for displaying his besetting sin at a sitting of Council I have been waiting in Wellington expecting you both by last steamer and this and refused to go up country with Willis but in two or three days I shall probably try and make my way to his place as I suppose you will not be able to get down here for some time.

I am glad to hear you have so completely recovered your health: you must have an anxious time of it at present. Wishing you God Speed, I remain,


Sincerely yours,
B. A. Ferard.

Part of:
Inward letters - B A Ferard, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0268 (26 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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