Object #1015836 from MS-Papers-0032-0482

9 pages written 6 Dec 1866 by John Davies Ormond in Wallingford to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0482 (74 digitised items). 72 letters written from Wallingford, Wellington & Napier, 1866-1868Includes piece-level inventory.

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Decr. 6th./66

My dear McLean,

Yours of the 3rd. Decr. begins well, at last we have got rid of that confounded old Huntress - poor old Reid will find her a bad bargain I doubt even at £500 - however no more will she figure in the unauthorized expenditure sheet no more will she sink the Provincial funds.

There is no Hau Hau news from this quarter - excepting that last week a party arrived from Matikuna bringing with them 4 wretches who have abandoned Hau Hauism - the Porangahaus are rejoicing over the converted sinners as they did in the days of old.

I quite agree in the view you take about the East Coast - it is not your place to ask to have it placed in your hands if the miserable Govt. are such fools as not to know that they and Whittaker can only make a mess of it, there is no help for it - they must just do so. it is hard too to see the results of hard work like yours, thrown away by after mismanagement. I see what you say about the District Court, and I quite agree with you that it is a very good thing to have it sit at Waipawa if we are to have it at all. It is only that infernal fool Russell who has been annoying people by telling them he had done it. I got 2 or 3 letters abusing me most fearfully for abandoning all my old friends and allowing His Lordships dictum to prevail. Of course I was as innocent as the unborn babe. I shd. say to you always be very cautious with Lord Henry, or anything he proposes o he is a very dangerous fellow - he must talk to everyone about anything he has a hand in, and he is a great mischiefmaker -I don't fall out with him simply because I never associate myself with him - but the jealousy the other Settlers have of him is very great. I see the N.Z. Bank has refused the £10,000 loan and that you had taken steps to have the Loan or a portion of it placed at home. I told you in my last that I fully agreed with this and in the present state of the money market I see no reason why the Debenture should not be favourabl placed. In the mean time you have the right to draw on the Union Bank for £10,000 if you require it for land purchasing or any other purpose.

I see what you say about Watts application to be allowed to build a wharf at the Iron Pot. I shd. say you ought to be extremely careful how you give water rights to anyone. It may be that the mischief done wd. be very great here - after to general interests. I shd. say the proper thing wd. be, if the Wharfage be not sufficient to devote a portion of the loan to that purpose. If I remember rightly a part of the £60,000 is devoted to purposes of that nature.

I see what you say about the Rams-if you decide to take mine you may be sure you will have good ones - I have used them myself and I am tolerably particular as to the kind of animals I use. I am not sure if Mr. Ekdale is going to write to you, he said to me wd. I write and say he had withdrawn from the St. Hill bargain and was satisfied with what he knew of mine. As to the terms I had no conversation with him I told him the lowest price I wd. take, the same as I wrote you (£2) and told him I wd. take Store Wethers at current rates in place of cost if desired. He said something about desiring to hear from your what he was to do with the Akitio Wethers - was he to keep them, or some of them, for this exchange, or not - or wd. you give me Wethers fromthe Maraekakaho Station. It does not matter much to me, but Ekdale seemed to desire to hear from you about it and that is why I name it to you. If you gave me wethers from Maraekakaho they wd. have to be delivered at Kuramu - if from Akitio the people who came for the Rams beginning of February would have to bring the Wethers here. As to the price of the Sheep it wd. depend of course on what they were - the best plan wd. be to leave it to some third person to say what shd. be the price on being informed what the sheep were, whether 4 and 6 tooth or 2 tooth - and what kind of condition - current rate from that class of sheep being allowed. Rhodes wd. be a capital man to value. I always hate to have myself to settle prices when I am concerned myself - but Rhodes wd. be a very fair man for both of us. The price shd. be fixed when we close our arrangements. I cd. deliver the Rams middle of January if desired, out of their wool or cd. take delivery ofWethers at any time either here or at Karamu. As soon as you hear from Esdale write me definitely that you close or not as I have other applications and if I sell to you I cant spare more than the 80 you require.

I will guarrantee that what I give you are first class sheep. Sheep that it will be no equivalent to me to sell at the price.

It is very late and I must close.
Yours always,
J. D. Ormond.

The Assembly cant and wont meet in January - it will be June yet before the Sitting commences.

Part of:
Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0482 (74 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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