Object #1018510 from MS-Papers-0032-0494

3 pages written 29 Jan 1861 by Robert Reid Parris to Sir Donald McLean in New Plymouth District

From: Inward letters - Robert Parris, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0494 (56 digitised items). 56 letters written from New Plymouth, 1861-1873. Includes copy of letter from McLean to Parris, 20 Sep 1870.

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Confidential New Plymouth Jany. 29/61.

My dear Sir,

I have just closed my official report of this day, which I was most anxious to send you by the first mail for Auckland, I have applied to the Postmaster twice this day to know if there was mail for Auckland, in consequence of a report that the ''Niger'' was likely to go. The reply on both occasions was ''I have had no notice''. At this hour 3 p.m. I am informed that the ''Niger''is off with a mail.

I was anxious to send you a full report of the latest information, but had I received 5 minutes notice, I could have closed my report and posted it. I have now an office inside the lines, not two minutes walk from the Post Office, may I therefore repeat my request, that the Postmaster may be directed to give me notice of the intended dispatch of a mail for Auckland. I return herewith your letter to Father Garavel, who has returned to Waikato overland, having been refused a Passage in one of H.M. ''Men of War'' to Auckland. It appears that the General was offended with him for going among the rebels, before he came to him, in which he might have been wrong, but I exceedingly regret that he should have been so sharply dealt with as he appears to have been. He told me he was ordered out of the Camp by the Brigade Major acting upon orders received from the General. He afterwards wrote the Commodore Seymour asking for a Passage to Auckd. in one of H.M. Ships and was refused.

The old Gentleman was exceedingly hurt.

I am My Dear Sir
Yours Truly,
R. Parris

Part of:
Inward letters - Robert Parris, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0494 (56 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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