Object #1016324 from MS-Papers-0032-0221

8 pages written 27 Jun 1862 by William Colenso to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0221 (43 digitised items). 45 letters written from Church Mission Station, Waitangi (Hawke's Bay), Waipukurau & Napier, 1850-1865. Includes letters in Maori, and letters from McLean to Colenso. Also memoranda of a conversation which took place between Rev H Williams and Colenso on 10 Aug 1839. Maori correspondents include Wiremu Tipuna; Hori Niania; Te Hapuku, Hinepaketia, Ani Te Patukaikino, Hoani & Hori.

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Friday night June 27, 1862

My dear Mr. McLean,

As the Wh. Swan has not arrived, and as I leave tomorrow per Storm Bird for Wellington, and therefore may not see you. I just write a few lines to inform you that I have received your note of 5th (only yesterday)- and am sorry Dr. Knight has been disappointed. The little packet which has been missed, contained a long letter from myself and a French work on Lichens - Stictoe, by De Lise, with Atlas of Plates - which I had promised to lend Dr. Knight, and which he had wished greatly to see - and I had long waited for a good opportunity.

Do not however think of it - such things will occur, and do oocur with us all.

Mr. Watt told me to day, he fully expected you by Steamer (Wh. Sw.) You will be a little surprised when you hear of our Civil Commissioner. The town has been full of no other talk all the I little thought poor old Waitangi would ever have been the means of so much talk among the Settlers. As I find you do not take in the H. B. Times I have addressed one to you to go with this. It is rather a curious coincidence to see the two Papers - pulling together in a public matter.

One thing I am very very sure of that Sir George will find it a step in the wrong direction to allow of any deed openly, and fairly made, with the full sanction of the powers- to be called in question. As sure as ever the Waitangi Deed is so dealt with, so surely will the Natives apply to have other Deeds similarly dealt with. I am about to petition Sir George for compensation, and I intend to accompany my petition (which will be drawn very temperately) with a Letter, of few words, to be signed by the old Settlers and J. P. S - say a dozen or so; and I may ask you to sign it. I shall send up to Wood, from Wellington.

Before you quite leave us, I should like to have a note from you, stating, how you found the Natives of this District on your first coming here - and whether you (then) had reason to believe, that my exertions among them had been of an useful and beneficial nature.

I had arranged to go by Storm Bird, because she was advertised to sail on Tuesday 1st July and now she leaves 3 days earlier!!

I wished to see you.

The little sums of which I gave you a Memo. perhaps you will kindly place to my Credit at Bank of N. Z.

Hoping to hear from you, Believe me, my dear Sir, Yours sincerely,
Wm. Colenso

Part of:
Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0221 (43 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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