Object #1018536 from MS-Papers-0032-0508
2 pages written 20 Aug 1872 by Dr Daniel Pollen in Auckland Region to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - Daniel Pollen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0508 (61 digitised items).
59 letters written by Dr Pollen from Auckland and Wellington, 1871-1876. One letter from Marian J Pollen, Dec 1876.
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
August 20/ 1872
My dear McLean,
I have somewhere seen a notice lately that the services of a company of volunteers at Coromandel had recently been offered to you and that the question of accepting the offer was under consideration. I hope that you will take a long time to consider. It is a purely fenian movement and would be simply putting arms into the hands of the ruffians, who came to Shortland on the 12th July to kick up a row if they had dared. I enclose a note from Cooper on this subject. If from any cause you should be induced to listen to Charley O'Neill or John Lundon in the matter Cooper's suggestion is a good one. He has always been opposed to any Hibernian military organization.
There is a great demand amongst the natives on all sides for seed potatoes, a most expensive article just now, but still indispensable in view of food supply for next year. What is to be done about it?
I see that newspaper correspondents keep Te Kooti moving about on the West Coast with an army. The moving about, is, I suppose, true, or at least in my mind probable for I don't beleive that you have done with T. K. yet, but the army is an invention.
Kemp has returned from Hikutaia I have not seen his report yet but he tells me that there is a complication about the McCaskell's land there. It will probably be
necessary to buy both parties out in order to get a peaceful settlement. McCaskell has made a formal proposal which I have sent to you but his terms are out of reason.
No signs of the mail yet
Yours very truly,
Inward letters - Daniel Pollen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0508 (61 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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