Object #1020788 from MS-Papers-0032-0222

3 pages written 25 Jul 1875 by William Colenso in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0222 (85 digitised items). 82 letters written from Waitangi (Hawke's Bay) & Napier. Includes letters from McLean to Colenso, and newspaper cuttings re Maori English lexicon

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Sunday, July 25, 1875

My dear Sir Donald McLean,

Just at xii have I finished writing! for 3 successive days and long nights (each until mg.) have I been hard at work not even over the door-step, and without dinner! I am tired.

I received your telegram and replied briefly, and I hope you have received what I sent per "Luna" all right. I now send you a little more: - (1) of the Maori Eng; just a couple of the heavy root verbs, (that those who know nothing of our N. Z. tongue, may see what amounts of work there is!) and, (2) a few pages of the Eng.-Maori part, just enough to make (I suppose) 2 pages of the Specimen Sheet, which I hope you will get printed: (should a little more be required) to make up 2 pages, you can take it from what I have already sent you - the Eng. -Maori parts.)

You informed me, that some Member had already tabled a Motion re the Dy.! He seems (if I may say so) to be in a hurry. I hope you will not reply, until you have what I sent you all ready (with this also) printed to lay on Table: or, that you will request him, to hold on a bit: but there you know best.

Now I have just copied all in the rough from my Mss. I may add, that, if ever completed and printed, - (1) It will not, of course, be so diffuse as you now have it: (2) It must be first settled, whether aa in some words - as taaua, maaua, maaku, etc. - or a: (3) It must also be settled, whether the N. Z. alphabet shall run as I have it, (all vowels, A,E,I,O,U, first, and then the consonants, - as the other Polynesian dialects have it, and as ours formerly had it,) - or whether it shall run - A, E, H, I, K etc.

My dear Sir Donald - You will be too busy to write, but I shall be thinking of you, often.

I hope your health will be good, first rate; and I heartily wish you well through all the heavy duties of the Session,

Believe me to be, Yours very truly,
W. Colenso

Part of:
Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0222 (85 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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