Object #1019437 from MS-Papers-0032-0245

3 pages written 22 Sep 1855 by Alfred Domett in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Alfred Domett, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0245 (32 digitised items). 32 letters written from Hawke's Bay, Wellington, Auckland, Nelson and Taranaki, 1852-1870 & undated. Includes letter from H S Chapman to Domett, 1866; drafts of two letters from McLean to Domett, Mar 1858 & Jul 1863.

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English (ATL)

Napier
22 Sept. 1855.


Dear Maclean,

The St. Kilda is off. I scribble you a line by her.

Cooper has not yet returned from Wellington. I hope this will catch you returned from Taranaki.

Things are going on here as usual. Moana Nui grumbling I hear very much at reports of Hapuku's having received monies at Auckland. Be careful not to get up a Taranaki disturbance here.

I wish you would get that affair about the Resident Magistrateship settled. Cooper would do well for it I need no interpreter. But I bargain of course for same salary as other Commissioners, as with a clerk, there would be sufficent work in the one department.

I heard from Strang the other day --- all well and jolly.

I have just returned from a visit to Johan. The old boy had a fall from his horse and sprained his shoulder which obliged him to keep quiet some days. He is recovered by this time.

I have kept Macdonnell a month or two, allowing him to live up the country and come in on court days. But this is a bad arrangement for me. He would otherwise have departed immediately.

The "town" survey is just finished. I hoped to have sent plans etc. to Auckland by this vessel and will if she delays a few days. Lots of sections for sale. Scrip to be absorbed to a great extent. The island, spits and flat last purchased by you are laid out --- the glats in quarter and half acre sections --- the hills in 4 or 5 acre lots. 5 or 600 sections in all. The old pah is land not now surveyed --- as you made some promise or other to the natives about it.

I have sent a great budget of accounts to Knight which I trust will "choke his luff" as the sailors say for some time.

Believe me
Yours ever truly,
A. Domett.
D. McLean Esq.

Part of:
Inward letters - Alfred Domett, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0245 (32 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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