Object #1015794 from MS-Papers-0032-0566

2 pages written 17 Oct 1870 by William Nicholas Searancke in Hamilton City to Sir Donald McLean in Wellington City

From: Inward letters - W N Searancke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0566 (65 digitised items). 62 letters written from Hamilton, Raglan, Ngaruawhahia, Alexandra, 1869-1873 & undated letters from Otaki, Manawatu, Castle Point, Rangitikei, Waiuku, Wellington, The Hutt, Whangarei and Raglan. Also undated map showing coastal strip extending south from Kukutauaki to Paekakariki (Waikanae Block?). Letter in Maori to Searancke from Heta Tarawhiti of Taupiri, 1869.

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English (ATL)

17th. October 1870.

My dear Sir,
I trust that you will pardon my troubling you with my troubles and if in your power assist an old Servant of the Govt. I enclose to you herewith a Copy of my letter addressed to Mr. Fox in July last to which I have received no answer of any sort the facts are I assure you true to a letter. I have been since that compelled to sell off all my Hoses save one or two (not saleable) also my Cattle to maintain my family I cannot afford to keep a Servant (Man) and had it not been for the kindness of some of my friends and Col. Lyon lending me horses I could not possibly have attended my Courts, lately; I only ask for forage for my horses to enable me to do my duty and if you can assist me in obtaining this, you will save me from irretrievable ruin for I cannot keep Horses sufficient for my duty and my family also on my Salary, or if this cannot be, if you would do me the great kindness to get me removed to some other district or appointment, I will be ever most grateful to you. From your knowledge of the extent of my district and the difficulty and expence of travelling it would be quite unnecessary for me to go into farther particulars. Trusting to your kind feelings not to allow an old friend to go to ruin without stretching out a hand to save him I am

Yours very faithfully
William N. Searancke.

Part of:
Inward letters - W N Searancke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0566 (65 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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