Object #1015636 from MS-Papers-0032-0228
From: Inward letters - George Sisson Cooper, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0228 (108 digitised items). 105 letters written from Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington. Contains correspondence between McLean and Cooper with regard to the purchase of Maori land in Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa in particular, and various complaints and issues that arose from the purchases; also contains information and discussions about the spread of the Pai Marire and Ringatu religions (again, with a particular focus on Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa), and about general Maori affairs. Includes draft letters from McLean to Cooper; letters from George's wife Ellen C Cooper, 1863-1872, and from Sarah Cooper (undated).
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November 15th. 1869
My dear McLean,
I have not written to you for some time, because I had nothing to say; secondly, there was no mail; and thirdly. I knew you heard everything regularly from Mr. Fox.
We have all been overjoyed at the wonderful successs of your visit to Waikato; of which we have heard all but the particulars of detail.
Of all the services you have renderd to New Zealand, there has been nothing
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to compare to this. How I wish I had been there! Featherston and Bell may unpack their carpet bags now, for you have fairly taken the wind out of their sails. You have no idea of the effect the news has had here. Everyone is delighted, and it has almost made the people look as if they didn't sleep 18 hours out of the 24!
We are all most eagerly looking out for the news of the ''Phoebe'', when we hope to hear
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full particulars of how you managed to get over the difficulties about land, murders, etc. - which Messrs. Martin, Firth, Davis & Co. had so carefully got ready for you. Would it not be possible, by hook or by crook, to hang C.O.D. I think lynch would be justifiable. I cannnot tell you when I have been so pleased, as on Saturday and to-day, to see the telegrams that have been pouring in, each containing (I was going to say) better news
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than the last; at all events, all containing far better than anybody looked for.
Our latest news from Wanganui is to the effect that the great gathering from Ohinemutu is to come off to-morrow. Topia's message from Tawhiao was choking him, and he could not keep it in any longer. Mr. Fox will, of course, tell you what has been done; which is, briefly, to send Booth up to report preceedings, but to take no part.
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Te Waru had been sent to Tokangamutu; also Paer (Rangi kai tupuake), but for what purpose, had not transpired.
All Napier and Taupo news, you will, of course, get from Ormond, I am sadly afraid Kaimanawa is a duffer. I wonder whether W. McDonnell was hoaxer or hoaxee. I should say he would find the elimate at Napier warm, if he should go there.
Branigan is up
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at Patea, busy in making his demilitarizing arrangements. I have been in full charge of the Defence Office ever since he went to Otago, and
suppose I shall be forced to keep it now. I have had anothet office forced upon me lately - that of Deputy Auditor, while Knight is disporting himself at Melbourne.
These distinctions are all very honoirable. it is true, and I feel proud accordingly; but they are honarary as well, and that is not quite so plesant.
With respect to the papers I am sending up, it is not necessary that I should say much. They are - Locke's Report of his visit to Poverty Bay and Wairoa. a lot of Maori letters, showing a not very satisfactory state of things in respect of the Poverty Bay Commission Court; papers about G.B. Worgan, whose licence, I think, should be suspended without any delay; papers called for by you from Ngapuhi, about Kay of Waikato, and from Govt. to King Chiefs; and proclamation about Raku Raku's land, which, as at first sent up by you,
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had no date, and recited a wrong Act (1866 instead of 1865) So after consulting with Mr. Fox and the Attorney General, it was decided to insert the date of the covering letter, and publish the Proclamation as if it had been all right at first, forwarding a correct one for signature.
Everything is going on quietly in both Offices. The average of work is much less now you are away; but I find myself at work almost every day till six, (it's 6.30 now.)
Mr. Gavin is doing good service in the Defence, and getting the accounts into something like working order. Mr. Lomax is off to join Col.
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McDonnell, who wrote to Mr. Fox to ask for him - as A.D.C. I believe.
Smith has worked here for a couple of days last week, but the ''Challenger'' arriving yesterday has started him off again.
16th. I can't close my letter without a word about Grindell. I am afraid he has gone pat recall. If anything could have been done at first so that he might have been reinstated after three months' suspension, he might have been saved. But now all his offices are filled
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up by men who cannot be got out of them again; and I am sadly afraid Grindell has abandoned himself to despair. He writes to me every mail, but I cannot do anything of course. I have preached long sermons to him, and scolded him, but I am afraid he has not mended his ways much. It will be a great pity to lose him altogether, as the value of the Waka was undeniable, and I do not know whom we could get to manage it as he has done.
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I do wish you could manage to find something for him.
Deighton and Atkinson are cut off at the end of this month, by Mr. Fox, on Ormond's suggestion. I am afraid Atkinson has made a sad mess at Poverty Bay.
So you have Clarke at Auckland; a most excellent man, if Tauranga can spare him. However, the latter won't be so important post, if Tawhiao & Co. are sincere about peace;
Inward letters - George Sisson Cooper, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0228 (108 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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