Object #1021211 from MS-Papers-0032-0377
4 pages written 28 Aug 1852 by George Theodosius Boughton Kingdon
From: Inward letters - Kingdon, George and Sophia, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0377 (40 digitised items).
40 letters written from New Zealand & England. New Plymouth, 1852-ca 1857; Auckland (St George's Bay, Remuera & St John's College), ca 1857-1861; Uppingham (Rutland) & Dawlish (Devon), 1861 & 1863; undated. Includes correspondence (mainly from Sophia Kingdon) re the education and welfare of Douglas McLean who lived with the Kingdons from about 1858 until end of 1860, when they returned to England on account of Rev Kingdon's health problems.Also includes letter from [Rev Richard Taylor] to McLean, Wanganui, 19 Apr 1861 (incomplete)
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
Augt. 28th. 1852.
My dear Sir,
As you are likely so soon to leave Taranaki, and will probably see the Governor at Wellington, I take the liberty of addressing you on the subject of an Industrial School in this neighbourhood. I am not aware how far it would accord with the views of his Excellency to unite with a Maori school, a Grammar school and a school for the sons of the middle class of settlers, but it appears to me that the ultimate amalgamation of the Native and European races would be facilitated by such a plan judiciously carried out. It is however premature to do more than allude to this at present.
The first thing to be considered is the situation of the proposed school. It seems to be the opinion that a back bush section (such as is now only to be obtained) would be unsuitable for such an institution partly on account of the reluctance of the Maories to go back into the forest, and partly on account of the state of the roads rendering communication with the town very expensive. The best situation would undoubtedly be somewhere between this and the Waitara, where the section might contain both fern and bush land, and where it would he easily accessible to the Natives.
The question of funds comes next to be considered,
The first outlay would necessarily be large, as a house with schoolroom and accomodation for (at first) 12 scholars, must be built, implements for the cultivation of the land, and clothing and food for the scholars, school apparatus, etc. etc., would have to be purchased; and besides all this, the annual expenses of the first few years would have to be defrayed till the institution could maintain itself. The Bishop has only £314 a year to appropriate to this place, which is utterly inadequate, as in addition to any salary, I think that something should be allowed for an industrial master to be with the scholars during their farm work.
With regard to the number of scholars, it would be better to get 6 into training at first, and then 6 more, otherwise it would be very difficult work.
I am very anxious to get to work, as 1 have already been here just 6 months in suspense, and you can imagine that I am tired of being so, and exceedingly desirous of getting settled. I should have written at greater length, butI think that What I have said will be sufficient to recall to your mind the substance of our conversations on the matter.
I must not conclude without expressing bath on Mrs. Kingdon's part and my own, our wish that you may have a pleasant and prosperous journey, and a speedy return to this place with Mrs. McLean, to whom I beg you to present our united kind compliments,
Yours very sincerely,
G. B. Kingdon.
Inward letters - Kingdon, George and Sophia, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0377 (40 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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