Object #1021177 from MS-Papers-0032-0516

3 pages written 19 Oct 1857 by James Wathan Preece in Coromandel to Sir Donald McLean in Auckland Region

From: Inward letters - James Preece, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0516 (44 digitised items). 43 letters written from Thames, Urewera and Coromandel (Stapleton), 1845-1870. Includes letter from Mary Ann Preece, 1861 re her son Wathen; letter from James Preece to his son George, 1870.

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English (ATL)

Stapleton Coromandel

Octr. 19, 1857

My dear Sir

Your kind note with the public dispaches Stationery money etc. I duly received and as there is a vessell leaving here this evening I have only time to acknowledge them I am glad that my arraingement was approved of I hope to get the Deeds ready and pay the money in a day or two I have got an answer from the Socity I must go to Auckland for a few days I trust to go next week I hope to hear from you first if you write on the recept of this and send it to the care of Roe Street and Queens Warf to come per Fantome I shall have it in time I should always receive letters etc. sooner threw that way than any other I am very glad that presant purchas is made this is the first ever made by the Government on this side of the Thames, Charles Davies is down here he gave 2 Horses to the Natives some time past he is trying to purchas a piece of Land for them it is within that recommended by me to the preserved for the natives I shall be able to talk to you about that and other things when I arrive in Auckland my appointment pleases the Natives very much they have every confidence in me had a stranger taken the place I do not think that they would have treated with him for a long time as it is I have had my hands full for some time one difficulty I have found which is the natives have been asking Mr. Heaphy the contents if all those unpurchased pieces I trust that in future he may not satisfy them on that point I think that it would be better not to do so. Please to accept my thanks for the Stationery etc. I shall be glad of the map it will be of great service to me Horopeta has just been here he wants to sell a piece of land which will break the ice on the Waiau side I must now close as the vessall leave this tide believe me to remain yours truly

James Preece
To D. McLean Esq. Auckland

Part of:
Inward letters - James Preece, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0516 (44 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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