Object #1021386 from MS-Papers-0032-0516

3 pages written 7 May 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

May 7th 1857

Dear Sir

Yours of April 8th by Pita I received some time ago but have not had an opportunity of writting to you until now I am glad to hear that you are likely to pay us a visit shortly I trust you will make our place your home whilest you are in these parts I am rejoiced to hear that you have got an offer of part of Whangapoa no opportunity should be lost in purchasing the whole as it will be of the greatest importance both to this Harbour and the province in general the whole of the ranges between this harbour and that place should be purchased if possible as they contain the principal gold feild the harbour at Whangapoa is bared so that no vessall can get in there but a good cart road can be made over here which would save going round the Cape and produce could be brought from there here in a few hours I am thankful that you lent Pita the money I think that there will not be any need to make any father loan until those are paid up the natives of this harbour cannot now complain that they have been neglected lately I am thankful to be able to say that there is an apparent improvement amongst them since I came to reside here and I trust to see greater improvement should I I be spared to labour long amongst them.

Mrs. Preece and family joins me in kind regards believe me to remain yours very truly

James Preece
To D. McLean Esqr. Auckland

P. S. I should be glad of some numbers of the Karremaori I have not had any since the Decr. No. J. P.

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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