Object #1017987 from MS-Papers-0032-0222
3 pages written 1 Jun 1868 by William Colenso to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0222 (85 digitised items).
82 letters written from Waitangi (Hawke's Bay) & Napier. Includes letters from McLean to Colenso, and newspaper cuttings re Maori English lexicon
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
My Dear Sir,
I scarcely know how to thank you for all your kind remembrances of me with Newspapers; knowing too (as I do) how valuable your time is, and how much occupied of late -- bearing in mind that you take the field today!
I now return them with many thanks.
I did greatly wish to see Dr. F's address; I knew you had not got it -- ditto Athenaeum: ditto Routledge and Kennedy: -- somehow, all seem to have been neglected!
So, last evening, I went to Catchpool -- from whom I got a file of ''Independents'' -- and was just got deep into the Dr's speech -- when your kind missive arrived.
I see he still harps upon his everlasting string of H. Bay interest £2500 per ann. -- a nice picking (as things are!) for him: Dr. Fn. can speak feelingly as to ''the act of spoliation'' (in re Marl-borough) -- he seems to forget that such cuts both ways; and that we feel it in this ---'' interest When I was in the Ho. (I think in '62) I had thought of bringing it before the Assembly (in some shape), of how much of our Duties were then -- and for years -- swallowed up by Wellington and I should assuredly have done it but for Dr. Knight to whom I mentioned it and who recommended me to wait, as the Govt, knew of it, and intended doing something, -- and that he would not lose sight of it etc. etc.
I am right glad Fitz. has done so much in England; glad too, for Stafford's sake (who has been sadly hounded of late, -- the old story,) -- I have little doubt but that what Stafford told the Nelson folks will prove true -- in spite of all the N. Z. Press says.
If you have not read Rolleston's speech (on being elected Suptdt.) do so; -- ditto Stevens' Letter on Finance; and ''Dunedin's'' Jesuitical letter: -- I hope this man will never come to Otago.
I see, you are to commence today, without your old aid-de-camp (Ormond)! You may say ''There is precious little now to fight about,'' or, --- well, I won't trouble you with any more stray thoughts.
I much wished that Wilson had finished that Deed -- (W's office is just a little Chancery.) I have been to him 2 or 3 times, but don't intend to go again until Council is over: leave it till then.
But do let the other matter (the 2 sections on inner harbour) be settled in your Ex. before you again break up: it has been left too long already.
Wishing you well through this mo. of June -- and hoping your meeting will be productive of great good to our Prov. I am, my Dear Sir,
Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0222 (85 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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