Object #1015838 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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12 December, 1876
My dear Sir Donald,
Your Note of the 2nd inst. came safely to hand. Although regretting so very much your final determination to retire, I nevertheless hope, that as a slight Reward for a long and arduous official Campaign, you may find in repose and freedom from political excitement an agreeable and certain means of restoration to renewed Health and strength --
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Having already kept you posted in general matters I have now nothing new to send you -- Your message to Hawthorne duly delivered -- having already been made officially aware of your arrangements on his behalf for which he expressed himself thankful.
The final announcement of your Retirement brought Leaders in the Papers --
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Copies of the X and I enclose by this Mail direct from Hawkes Bay -- The Herald as yet has said but little; Vogel I find has made himself abnoxious with the X people -- and I think this has arisen very much in consequence of the manner in wh. Proprietorship of the Paper itself was conducted, and finally wound up, prior to leaving for England -- In other respects I should judge from the late Premier's appearance that his Health and constitution had been completely sacrificed in the worry of political turmoil and excitement --
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As for myself (should I not have the pleasure of seeing you personally within a reasonable time) I will venture to express to you my wishes, and at the same time to be guided by your counsel and advice -- In the meantime, I will endeavour to act in concert with your successor as your own Representative, until you shall have finally taken farewell of official Life --
Your Message shall be duly delivered to all Native Chiefs coming within my reach -- and now with the Compliments of the Season
Believe still Faithfully yours
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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