Object #1014981 from MS-Papers-0032-0369
From: Inward letters - H T Kemp, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0369 (47 digitised items). 46 letters written from Auckland. Includes draft letter from McLean, 27 Jan 1871.
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18 November 1871.
Dear Mr. McLean,
The Natives have all returned from the Kuiti trip; I think that among other things the King folks were anxious to obtain in a quiet way, the feeling and opinions of the Natives from the two extremes, North and South; and I think also that they got it, but not in the way suited to their taste.
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They are beginning to find that real sympathy is failing them every day. The story that I heard at Ohinemuri to which Mair alludes in his Report of a combined attack on the part of the Friendlies is I know causing much uneasiness, far more so I think, than any similar movement without the aid of the Natives to keep it alive, may not be without a wholesome effect; on the other hand,
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I attach but little weight to the opinions of Maning and Fenton, (beyond a little sensation) that "the final struggle was yet to come."
Dr. Poteen will make his own Report of his arrangements about the Mail, and as I take to myself some little credit in bringing matters to an issue I must refrain from saying further than that my memo. had the desired effect as
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soon as it was made known to Macky, who saw the whole thing would slip through his fingers if delayed any longer; I think even now, that my
plan will be found cheaper in the end.
I made Manganui a present of a coat in your name, and he frankly told me that Hongi and the other chiefs hesitated to come because they found no direct invitation from the Government. Things quiet. Hope this will find you well, and remain,
Inward letters - H T Kemp, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0369 (47 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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