Object #1016915 from MS-Papers-0032-0158

3 pages written by Sir Francis Dillon Bell to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Francis Dillon Bell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0158 (46 digitised items). Contains correspondence between McLean and F D Bell, and Bell and William Fox; the correspondence covers the purchase of Maori land (especially at Wairarapa), fighting in the New Zealand Wars, politics (including information about the formation of Governments in the 1870s), and personal matters. 47 letters written from Taranaki, Wellington, London, Shag Valley, Wanganui, Dunedin, Melbourne, 1847-1853

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My dear McLean

The Governor quite concurs in the letter -- but he understood you to say you would leave the question of your taking a seat in the Council to the decision of the Secretary of State after he shall have considered the whole subject. He has therefore marked the last part of your letter in pencil and wishes to know whether it may be altered accordingly. He would write to you himself but is laid up

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with his despatches.

He will of course send your letter of 8 Nov. if you wish it to accompany the present one. My own advice to you is to let this one, which carries all the principal points of your protest, go by this mail and then let you and I carefully draw up a paper on the obligations which the Impt. Govt. are under.

You don't say whether you are better.


Yours very truly,
F.D. Bell.
12 o'clock.

English (ATL)


My dear McLean

The Governor quite concurs in the letter -- but he understood you to say you would leave the question of your taking a seat in the Council to the decision of the Secretary of State after he shall have considered the whole subject. He has therefore marked the last part of your letter in pencil and wishes to know whether it may be altered accordingly. He would write to you himself but is laid up with his despatches.

He will of course send your letter of 8 Nov. if you wish it to accompany the present one. My own advice to you is to let this one, which carries all the principal points of your protest, go by this mail and then let you and I carefully draw up a paper on the obligations which the Impt. Govt. are under.

You don't say whether you are better.


Yours very truly,
F.D. Bell.
12 o'clock.

Part of:
Inward letters - Francis Dillon Bell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0158 (46 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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