Object #1021231 from MS-Papers-0032-0236

4 pages written 14 May 1866 by Edward Spencer Curling to Sir Donald McLean in Napier City

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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Private. 14th. May 1866.

D. McLean, Esq. Napier.
My dear Maclean,

Some time back I wrote to Ormond to say that I hoped to be able to attend the next sitting of the Council and purposed doing so.

I fear, however, that I am not able to go thro a month or more of a winter campaign in Napier, and that it should be necessary for me to resign my seat.

This, of course, I much regret and an explanation is due to you on several grounds - the position you hold - and the duty it is for all of us to give you our support.

Of any personal respect to yourself I need not speak.

Nor can I write you at any length upon this subject, as I hope to see you before long, when I can explain matters fully, give you my reasons why I adopt the present course.

The Electors of this District would I think return a man who would support your government - either Chapman, or Russell.

That is to say, if they go to the Polls.

I trust you will excuse the brevity with which I write, and allow me to add that the course I adopt is done under medical advice.

I am always
faithfully and sincerely yours,
E.S. Curling.

P.S. Mr. B. aimd at the future representation of Waimarama this I feel pretty certain about - objecting to the votes of the Russell family and others - and his playing up to F, Tiffen to make him more hostile to us, and with himself. - Mr. T. being returning officer, and very wroth at the late exposure of his conduct in regard to sheep affairs - Threats he has used to me which comes badly from a Sheep Inspector.

I write this mail to Capt. Russell as Chapman who is now on his road to Napier is unwilling to stand.

I hope to see you in a few days and Chapman will doubtless wait upon you.

E.S.C.

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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