Object #1018225 from MS-Papers-0032-0340

4 pages written by John Douglas Hill to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Surnames, Hill, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0340 (25 digitised items). Correspondents:A St Hill, Porangahu, 1874 (1 letter); Bessie A Hill (to Miss McLean), undated letter; Edward Hill, Audit Office, 1862 (1 letter); T B Hill (to H Chamberlin), Aotea near Raglan, 1874 (1 letter); Henry P Hill, Wellington & Napier, 1853-1860 (6 letters); John D Hill, Alexandra, 1869-1876 (9 letters); Kenrick Hill, Napier & Clifton Station, 1864 & 1873 (2 letters); William Hill (to Lieut Col St John), SS Rangatira, 1870s (1 letter); Mr Hill, Clifton, 1875 requesting an appointment in NZ Constabulary

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, Saturday

My dear McLean

I have only just heard from Gledhill that you were here still. I was under the impression that Charles Brown had told me last night you were back in Auckland. I am very sorry I cant go ashore to see you. I was unlucky enough to fall into the hold among the cattle as we were leaving Nelson, and got a smart shake and bruise - so that I cant get about yet. Send me a line to say what is the real state of things with the natives.

As we were leaving Otago the Mangareta Roconer was a few miles off the harbour with a fair wind - You will be glad to hear this after the ill luck she met with. I meant to have crossed from the Manuherekia country, through your Run to the Wakatipu Lake - but there came on an awful souwester which covered all the ranges deep in snow - Sam Revans and I crossed the rough Ridge in a snowstorm and didnt like it. I heard however all I could about your run - some said it was very high, others that there was a good low part in it - I told Gillies all I had gathered up country, the balance being on the whole I thought rather unfavourable, but he told me he could now get £1500 or £2000 for the run, so I was glad to think you hadnt done badly by buying on the chance.

Gillies will tell you more particulars when he comes up.

I really dont understand what has been done about peace - and Richmond could tell me nothing positive. I left him at Dunedin, but he will be up I expect by the Corio in a few days - You will see the Native Council Bill was not decided on 26 February

Yours ever
J.D. Hill

I hear that Patu Kakarihi and Hapurona have taken the oaths of allegiance and say that Kingi had no land on the south side - If this be true and you have any evidence about Kingi's right you might let me have it to work up for the Governor by this mail - which wd. be useful no doubt at home.

Part of:
Inward letters - Surnames, Hill, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0340 (25 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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