Object #1020805 from MS-Papers-0032-0236

3 pages written 26 Aug 1865 by Edward Spencer Curling in Patangata to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - E S Curling, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0236 (21 digitised items). 22 letters and memo written from Te Kopanga, Te Aute, Ahuriri, & near Patangata, 1857-1866. Includes letter from McLean to Curling, Jun 1859.

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Near Patangata,
26th August, 1865.


My dear MacLean,

I am obliged by the news contained in your letter - news of a good and cheering nature.

I congratulate you on Frasers gallant and successful action, the result of your policy in rigorously dealing with the present fanaticism - and the only way to put it down for I feel assured from what I see and hear of native doings, in all directions - that there will be no peace, or security until the hau haus are put down, and those taken in arms banished.

You have too I believe done wisely in bring more Troops into the Province, because, tho not in a state of war, it can scarcely be termed one of peace.

The Pah said to be building in the Te Aute Bush for defence against other Natives - is equally meant against us - if occasion suits - It is preparing for war.

And to collect and protect the disaffected, I think, you deserve much thanks for all the measures you have taken at a critical juncture, and the great exertions you have made to keep war out of the Province.

The Maories I believe would be truly glad to see the Troops away.

Excuse my saying what I feel to be true. I quite (line indiscipherable) remark about our worthy, and excellent friend, Ormond.

He is deserving of the cordial support of the settlers at the next Election (although when it takes place I do not know), and would I should think be certainly returned - if opposed -

I may tell you that I heard of the rumour as to Buchanan only the other day - thro Gollan -

It is not improbable Mr. B. may try for Assembly. It is tactic, and may be surprise - announce himself at the last moment, and, to take Ormond off his guard - He keeps (B.) his intentions pretty quiet, but I would advise our being prepared.

The Country Settlers as a body are careless about coming to the Poll - as a general rule.

But we must keep a bright look out, to keep the Enemy in check.

I dont think the Settlers will be deluded as the Townsmen were.

Should I be able to learn anything respecting the rumour afloat, I will write to Ormond.

Chapman, and F. Tiffen, etc., I will enquire of, and I need not say will canvas, and do all I can about here - if Events render it necessary.

I would ride a very long days journey to give Ormond a vote - or two if required.

Domett seldom writes - yet I am glad to hear you found him flowing -

I suppose I shall have the pleasure of seeing you next month (whenever called) to give you my best and entire support.


Always, most sincerely yours,
E. S. Curling

Part of:
Inward letters - E S Curling, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0236 (21 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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