Object #1020175 from MS-Papers-0032-0622

2 pages written 6 Jan 1871 by H F Way in Tauranga to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters and diary extracts - H F Way, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0622 (38 digitised items). 36 letters written from Hawke's Bay, Taupo and Bay of Plenty (Maketu), 1869-1876). Includes diary covering events 6 Oct 1869-31 Jul 1870, 1 Sep-31 Oct 1870, HRH Duke of Edinburgh's visit to Rotorua District, 13-19 Dec 1870.

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Private Tauranga

6th Jan 1871

My dear Mr. McLean,

I hear that you will be in Auckland today so I am directing this letter to you for Auckland.

I am very sorry to hear that Te Hira as stopped the Intended Overland Mail from here to the Thames but I was not at all surprised at it. As Warbrick made such a talk about it, as I hear that he was going to pitch tents on the road for the men to stay in who were going to carry the Mails I am also sorry that you did not ask me to have taken your despatches through like I did in the olden days for you.

I could have managed twice a week for you -doing all the work myself.

But now as the thing is known, I doubt if it could be done, but when I carried your despatches formerly I used to pass through Ohinemuri at night time and I am certain that if it had been carried out in the same way, as I used to do it, there would not have been a word said about it as the natives at Kati Kati at Waihi and at Ohinemuri never knew that I was carrying despatches.

Please not forget me if I can do any work for you.

I hope to have my unfortunate legs alright in a few days.

H. R. H. Duke of Edinburgh has sent me through Major Mair a beautiful Present, also, his Photo as I Memento of the Visit to the Rotorua District which I shall always prize, as long as I live. No news in this part, except news by the steamer about the Waikato. I hope that it will be all quiet in that part soon.

Remaining yours ever sincerely,
Herbert F. Way

Part of:
Inward letters and diary extracts - H F Way, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0622 (38 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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