Object #1021394 from MS-Papers-0032-0620

3 pages written 6 May 1857 by Herbert Samuel Wardell to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Surnames, War - Wat, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0620 (23 digitised items). Correspondents:Herbert S Wardell, Turanga & Upper Hutt, 1857-1863 (15 letters & printed enclosure); H S Warner, 1869 (1 letter); R T Warren, Mangatora, Waipukurau & Epraima, 1863 & undated (2 letters); G M Waterhouse, Wellington (2 letters); H W Watling, 1861 (1 letter); W Watson, Tauranga, 1875 (1 letter)

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May 6, 1857.

My dear McLean,

I forget if I told you the end of my enquiries about the contents of a letter to which I have alluded in a previous note --- it was this. Kahutia met Raharuhi here and repeated what he had heard read from the letter Rah. said he should say nothing more about the letter for his mouth was closed --- let this end that matter.

I have written you an official about payment for the assessors --- they wont understand the argument about the "public good" but refer to the simple fact that Maories pay then why should they not receive.

By the way you will, I expect, have a visit from Raharuhi soon and I hope he will come to you full handed, he will then be sure to speak to you about the Mill. I should like you, if you see no objection, to throw him back a good deal upon me that I may make "political capital" out of any advance that may be made which I should prefer being made to the three Assessors, and not to Raharuhi individually, as they are equally concerned in the project.

I enclose you a short notice for the Messenger if you think it worth insertion.

I have today made an arrangement with Mr. Harris for a new lease of this House --- I have taken it for twelve months from next month with the option of a renewal for two years so that I need not say any more just now about a grant for a House --- altho there are many reasons why the land recently bought should be occupied by me as soon as possible --- not the least of these is that Natives are already asking "why was this land bought for the Governor if the Magistrate is not going to live upon it".

The Waerengahika business is progressing satisfactorily, altho not exactly as I should like. I hope by this mail to send up the Deed and Report I had nothing to do with drawing up the Deed or should have worded it differently, however I hope it will answer the purpose, as the Archdn. is anxious to get the Grant. He is expecting to go to Auckland by the Fancy this trip so that you are likely to see him as soon as this.

Are you aware we have a Post Office established here now? it will be a great convenience to us.

Believe me,
Very truly yours,
Herbert Wardell.
May 10.

I have just heard the "Fancy" is to sail for Auckland today if so I shall not be able to report on the Waerengahika land.

Part of:
Inward letters - Surnames, War - Wat, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0620 (23 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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