Object #1016804 from MS-Papers-0032-0658

3 pages written 24 May 1872 by George Tovey Buckland Worgan in Wanganui District to Sir Donald McLean in Auckland City and Auckland Region

From: Inward letters - George B Worgan, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0658 (95 digitised items). 93 letters and memos written from Wairoa, Napier and Wanganui, 1864-1873. Includes piece-level inventory of letters accessioned pre-1969.

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PRIVATE. Whanganui.

May 24th. 1872.



My dear Sir

Pharazyn has been in Wellington, and had opportunity of conversing with Mr. Pitzherbert about Land matters. I enclose you his letter to me, with the contents of which you ought to be acquainted, as throwing some light upon what the Wellington people really think and mean.

If you are content to allow the settlement of Native Claims to be made subsidiary to acquisition of Provincial Estate, I am of opinion that you will obtain no settlement these next five years. I feel satisfied, however, that this is not your view of the question; neither do I believe that you

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expected me to be a mere machine, without opinion or will of my own. I shall show you the telegrams that have been sent to me when you have time to look at them. I have been taxed with "putting forward claims", "impeding settlement", and "preventing acquisition of the Public Estate"; for no other reason under the sun that I can discover, than because I plainly stated my opinions of the case in plain language; and pointed out the ill result certain to follow the line of action the Government apparently wished to force upon me. I know all this arises in the main from the want of proper understanding of the subject. When I discussed the question at some length with Mr. Halse, he assumed a full knowledge of it, and declared my views to be those entertained by himself, years since. Now the plain fact is that the assumed knowledge is but imperfect knowledge, and worse, far worse than utter unacquaintance with the case.

I consider I ought to have had the opinion of the Attorney General upon the case I submitted in the memo. drawn up by request of Mr. Fox, and that it was proof of want of confidence withholding it. In every way my interest and ambition prompt me to effect

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a speedy and effectual settlement of Native matters here; and I have succeeded beyond my hopes in the early stages of it.

I have no right, perhaps, to complain of being misunderstood. Abler and better men than myself have had more cause. But this I know, that the determination to succeed is half the battle; and I am not going to despair because the road is rougher than I expected to find it.


I have the honour to be Dear Sir, your most obedient servant, (Signed)
George T. Worgan.

English (ATL)

PRIVATE. Whanganui.

May 24th. 1872.



My dear Sir

Pharazyn has been in Wellington, and had opportunity of conversing with Mr. Pitzherbert about Land matters. I enclose you his letter to me, with the contents of which you ought to be acquainted, as throwing some light upon what the Wellington people really think and mean.

If you are content to allow the settlement of Native Claims to be made subsidiary to acquisition of Provincial Estate, I am of opinion that you will obtain no settlement these next five years. I feel satisfied, however, that this is not your view of the question; neither do I believe that you expected me to be a mere machine, without opinion or will of my own. I shall show you the telegrams that have been sent to me when you have time to look at them. I have been taxed with "putting forward claims", "impeding settlement", and "preventing acquisition of the Public Estate"; for no other reason under the sun that I can discover, than because I plainly stated my opinions of the case in plain language; and pointed out the ill result certain to follow the line of action the Government apparently wished to force upon me. I know all this arises in the main from the want of proper understanding of the subject. When I discussed the question at some length with Mr. Halse, he assumed a full knowledge of it, and declared my views to be those entertained by himself, years since. Now the plain fact is that the assumed knowledge is but imperfect knowledge, and worse, far worse than utter unacquaintance with the case.

I consider I ought to have had the opinion of the Attorney General upon the case I submitted in the memo. drawn up by request of Mr. Fox, and that it was proof of want of confidence withholding it. In every way my interest and ambition prompt me to effect a speedy and effectual settlement of Native matters here; and I have succeeded beyond my hopes in the early stages of it.

I have no right, perhaps, to complain of being misunderstood. Abler and better men than myself have had more cause. But this I know, that the determination to succeed is half the battle; and I am not going to despair because the road is rougher than I expected to find it.


I have the honour to be Dear Sir, your most obedient servant, (Signed)
George T. Worgan.

Part of:
Inward letters - George B Worgan, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0658 (95 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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