Object #1017190 from MS-Papers-0032-0640

2 pages written 10 Sep 1868 by Bishop William Williams in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Bishop William Williams, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0640 (66 digitised items). 62 letters written from Turanga, Pahia, Auckland, Te Aute, Napier, Gisborne, Tauranga, Bay of Islands, Waerengahika (including list of buildings destroyed), Oropaoanui (Awapawanui), 1855-1876 and undated.Includes piece-level inventory of letters accessioned pre-1969

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Sept. 10th. 1868

My dear Mr. McLean,

Last night we received the sad news from Whanganui. What does the Government think of doing? So far as I can form an opinion from this distant point, it appears to me that they are trying to do that which past experience and their present reverses shew plainly that they cannot do. One reverse comes after another, and only makes our case the worse.

The object of my writing this note is to express a hope that if any further operations should be contemplated on this Coast, the Government will place some other person in chief authority, rather than Col. Whitmore. He throws all the blame of his failure upon Poverty Bay volunteers; but if an enquiry were called for, it would be found that Whitmore, in the first instance, made use of such scurrilous language towards them, as entirely to destroy all chance of their co-operating with him. As far as volunteers are concerned, I believe there would not be one to serve, either English or Native, if he were in command.

Believe me
most faithfully yours (Signed)
W. Waiapu.
To:- Donald McLean

Part of:
Inward letters - Bishop William Williams, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0640 (66 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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