Object #1016330 from MS-Papers-0032-0635

3 pages written by Sir George Stoddart Whitmore to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - G S Whitmore, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0635 (105 digitised items). 103 letters written from Hawke's Bay and London, 1862-1869 & undated. Includes letter to Miss McLean written from Wellington by T F? Whitmore, undated; sketch map of area from just north of the Mohaka River south to Whitmore's run (undated). Piece-level inventory of letters accessioned pre-1969.

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English (ATL)

Dear McLean

My time is so short on land and so stormy at sea that I write on any sort of paper and in any sort of a way an official you may amend and have written smooth if you like by your clerk.

The gist is this --- I'll take my own line now for the coach requires a single and a resolute coachman --- But before doing so I want things to be in smooth train. You know yr. friends their homes and districts --- Pray post them as is most suitable I'll endorse all you do. Then publish my orders signed by me --- ("in the absence of Capt. Withers") --- if Withers does not arrive before it goes to press. Then be prepared for the following requests.

1. To call out all the Militia 1st and 2nd class.

2. For requisitions to have 4 or 5 small blockhouses that at Petane will be paid for by the Genl. Govt. There are to be armouries.

3. To throw in supplies to the Southern Districts, when the Stockade can be begun and if opposed Troops sent up to protect the erection who will not starve. H. Russell will give us storeage for some so wd.

4. Calling out then the Town Militia for service or 100 of them.

5. Removing if things go on badly the women and children to places of shelter.

In haste
Truly yrs.
G. S. Whitmore
25 July

Part of:
Inward letters - G S Whitmore, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0635 (105 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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