Object #1016535 from MS-Papers-0032-0161
From: Inward letters - Surnames, Be - Bi, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0161 (13 digitised items). Correspondents:M S Bell, Cape Turnagain, 1868 (1 letter); Thomas Bell, 1867 & 1869 (2 letters); Thomas Bell, Mangonui, 1871 (1 letter); John B Bennett, Wellington & Auckland, 1866, 1868 (2 letters); T A Bennett, Napier & Peka Peka, 1864, 1866 (2 letters); John C Bethune, Hawke's Bay, 1868 (memo re Mitchell children - John, Arabella, Jane & Mary); James & Joseph Berghan, Mangonui, 1861 (1 letter); John M Best, Manawatu, 1850 (1 letter); Andrew Beveridge, Auckland, 1868 (1 letter); Oscar Beyer, Turanga (1 letter, year indecipherable); C Bidwill, Pihautea (undated letter).
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Oct. 26th. 1850
My dear Sir,
Knowing that you like to become acquainted with anything particular that may occur in the district where you have so lately been occupied; I beg to forward you the substance of an interesting and important (as regards the authority of the Government) conversation I have just had with E Hakara. In the first place he asked me whether I knew when E. Hart was going to remove from the Mouth of the river, my answer, that I had nothing whatever to do with it. He then told me that he had spoken to the Lieut, Govr. and said to him, the Magistrates, Mr. McLean and Major Durie have ordered this man away and he takes no notice of it.
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Mr. McLean often tells us that the Magistrates have power and the Europeans here often threaten to apply to a Magistrate but when we see your own people disobey how can you expect the Natives to pay attention to the orders of the Magistrate? I beg you to believe that I do not write the above to you from any personal motives, but I consider the question of maintaining the respect of the Natives to the Magistracy and Government so important that I have ventured to communicate the preceding conversation to you. I trust you will consider this letter as written for your own eyes only,
Yours sincerely and obliged,
John M. Best.
Inward letters - Surnames, Be - Bi, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0161 (13 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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