Object #1018778 from MS-Papers-0032-0584

1 page written 7 May 1866 by Sir Donald McLean in Napier City to Sir Edward William Stafford

From: Inward letters - E W Stafford, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0584 (19 digitised items). Letters written from Wellington and Napier, 1865-1876. Includes letter to Vogel from Stafford, 14 May 1876. Piece-level inventory in folder (excludes letters accessioned in 1969)

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7 May 1866.

My dear Stafford,

I suppose Russell will give you all the news from this quarter. The St. Kilda is gone a fortnight today and neither she nor the Sturt have yet shown up. I hope no accident has happened to the St. Kilda.

You will see by my official that the friendly natives have been gaining further victories at the one or 2 more of a similar kind would end the war.

I do not see the way to confiscation till the war is over, and the lands of friendltes distinctly separate from those of the Hau Hau, a notice has been issued by Col. Russell against squatting in the mean time.

I must say I have felt annoyed at being told by the Col. Sub Treas. here that he was not to recognise my approval of accounts. I consider that it was at least due to me to send such an intimation direct instead of through a subordinate. I cannot conceive after the exertion and trouble I have taken on this coast and still continue to take why the Govt. should have acted towards me in this manner and I shall be glad to hear further from you on the subject.

I have endeavoured as much as any one could do to reduce expenditure, but there are cases where a country is in a state when injudicious reduction could only entail heavier liability.

Truly yours
D. McLean.

Part of:
Inward letters - E W Stafford, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0584 (19 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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