Object #1015767 from MS-Papers-0032-0185

4 pages written by Sir Thomas Robert Gore Browne to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Sir Thomas Gore Browne (Governor), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0185 (71 digitised items). 67 letters, 1862-1873 & undated. Includes some letters from Harriet Gore Browne, and some drafts of letters from McLean

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Confidential
My dear McLean,

I have only time to write a few lines of thanks for your last kindly letter before we sail for Tasmania, which we are to do to-morrow.

There are a great many people here who correspond with their friends in Auckland and Taranaki; and they have extraodinary reports of what is going on. How far they are true, I cannot say; but I

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fear there is never smoke without a fire.

I need not say how glad I should be to see you in Tasmania, but if all I hear is true, you would do well to inform yourself thoroughly, and lose no time is seeing the Secretary of State. I hear that W --- is declared a Hero, the King Movement a God-send, Had--field a martyr, and Fox the most far-seeing and disinterested of patriots ... This may be all bosh; but if true condemns you and I and

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all who thought so very differently, as we did. The late Ministers have now spread abroad - and there is absolutely no one to contradict anything the present men may choose to assert.

You are on the spot, and will be able to learn if there is any truth in these reports, and shape your course accordingly.

When you go to England, pray send your address to the Revd. Harold Browne, Newnham, Cambridge, and tell him you will put him right on any subject he does not understand.

I know you will do

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this for the sake of your old friend.

My wife and Fred send very kind regards, and


I remain always yours very sincerely
(Signed) T.G.B.

P.S. I look anxiously for your letters, for my heart and thoughts are in New Zealand. If you should be ever called on again, don't let your case break down for want of care and preparation.

Remember how well Hadfield prepared anything for the Committee for the M.H.R. I know you will forgive my saying this.

To:- Donald McLean Esq.

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Letter from T.G.B.
to Donald McLean Esq.
(no date.) Oct. 1861

COPY Confidential
My dear McLean,

I have only time to write a few lines of thanks for your last kindly letter before we sail for Tasmania, which we are to do to-morrow.

There are a great many people here who correspond with their friends in Auckland and Taranaki; and they have extraodinary reports of what is going on. How far they are true, I cannot say; but I fear there is never smoke without a fire.

I need not say how glad I should be to see you in Tasmania, but if all I hear is true, you would do well to inform yourself thoroughly, and lose no time is seeing the Secretary of State. I hear that W --- is declared a Hero, the King Movement a God-send, Had--field a martyr, and Fox the most far-seeing and disinterested of patriots ... This may be all bosh; but if true condemns you and I and all who thought so very differently, as we did. The late Ministers have now spread abroad - and there is absolutely no one to contradict anything the present men may choose to assert.

You are on the spot, and will be able to learn if there is any truth in these reports, and shape your course accordingly.

When you go to England, pray send your address to the Revd. Harold Browne, Newnham, Cambridge, and tell him you will put him right on any subject he does not understand.

I know you will do this for the sake of your old friend.

My wife and Fred send very kind regards, and


I remain always yours very sincerely
(Signed) T.G.B.

P.S. I look anxiously for your letters, for my heart and thoughts are in New Zealand. If you should be ever called on again, don't let your case break down for want of care and preparation.

Remember how well Hadfield prepared anything for the Committee for the M.H.R. I know you will forgive my saying this.

To:- Donald McLean Esq.

Part of:
Inward letters - Sir Thomas Gore Browne (Governor), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0185 (71 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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