Object #1018064 from MS-Papers-0032-0266

4 pages written 14 Jan 1863 by Dr Isaac Earl Featherston in Wellington to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - I E Featherston, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0266 (62 digitised items). 62 letters written from Auckland, Wellington, Napier and London, 1859-1876.Includes several draft letters from McLean to Featherston

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Wellington
Jany. 14, 1863


My dear McLean

I find that Kelham would prefer selling Akitio to investing further in land than what he must do to make the run safe. 4000 acres of 5/- bought at the outstation beyond the Bush would render the run quite secure. Before taking any steps in the matter, he is anxious to know, whether you are disposed

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to buy him out. If so, perhaps you will make him an offer. I enclose the return of Sheep and Cattle. There are 2900 to 3000 acres of Freehold - the improvements you know - I have an offer today for as many Wethers as I can deliver in Wellington at 13/- a head. I fancy some 700 or 800 might be mustered from K's run with advantage - and 1200 from my own. This is the price at

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which Cameron and others have been selling. I have promised an answer in a day or two. I was disappointed at not meeting you at Akitio - Harrison seems very zealous and active, and will turn out a first rate Manager. Owing to lambing in the middle of winter, his return is not so good, as could have been wished, but this year he will have the lambing in Sept. A change of rams is much needed.

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I presume I may congratulate Hawkes Bay upon having you as Superintendent. I heartily wish you success. But you will find it an anxious and thankless office. If you agree to go into the debt question I may probably have to meet you at Napier. Under any circumstances I must see you about Land Purchases, as there are many points on which I require to be enlightened.


Yours faithfully
I. E. Featherston

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Wellington
Jany. 14, 1863


My dear McLean

I find that Kelham would prefer selling Akitio to investing further in land than what he must do to make the run safe. 4000 acres of 5/- bought at the outstation beyond the Bush would render the run quite secure. Before taking any steps in the matter, he is anxious to know, whether you are disposed to buy him out. If so, perhaps you will make him an offer. I enclose the return of Sheep and Cattle. There are 2900 to 3000 acres of Freehold - the improvements you know - I have an offer today for as many Wethers as I can deliver in Wellington at 13/- a head. I fancy some 700 or 800 might be mustered from K's run with advantage - and 1200 from my own. This is the price at which Cameron and others have been selling. I have promised an answer in a day or two. I was disappointed at not meeting you at Akitio - Harrison seems very zealous and active, and will turn out a first rate Manager. Owing to lambing in the middle of winter, his return is not so good, as could have been wished, but this year he will have the lambing in Sept. A change of rams is much needed. I presume I may congratulate Hawkes Bay upon having you as Superintendent. I heartily wish you success. But you will find it an anxious and thankless office. If you agree to go into the debt question I may probably have to meet you at Napier. Under any circumstances I must see you about Land Purchases, as there are many points on which I require to be enlightened.


Yours faithfully
I. E. Featherston

Part of:
Inward letters - I E Featherston, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0266 (62 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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