Object #1017064 from MS-Papers-0032-0602

3 pages written 9 Feb 1867 by William Esdaile Thomas in Chatham Islands to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Surnames, Thomas, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0602 (31 digitised items). Correspondents:Joseph Thomas, Hawke's Bay, Wellington & England, 1851-1854 (23 pieces); W E Thomas, Chatham Islands, 1866-1868 (7 letters & piece-level inventory)

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Chatham Islands,
9th. February 1867

My dear Sir,

I find that Mr. Tuke keeps you 'au Fait' with our movements, or else I would have written you oftener.

We are all going on very well - 'black bob' included, who I will take care does not return. I keep the Prisoners well employed according to instructions.

I have found both Tuke and Hamlin capital adjuncts and good fellows. I hope that you will be able to get Arthur Tuke to return, if Tuke Senior returns in March.

Fynmore the new Sergeant turns out very well - quite a contrast to the other. One of the military settlers shot one of the Prisoners in a fit of d.t. last month. I gave him 3 mths. Imprisonement as a Civilian. It causedno excitement among the Prisoners. I thought it better to punish him civilly than to send him up and entail a lot of expense.

I hope the Land Court will soon sit here - the clims are all gone to Fenton.

Believe me Dear Mr. McLean,

Yours very truly,
W. E. Thomas

Part of:
Inward letters - Surnames, Thomas, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0602 (31 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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