Object #1021750 from MS-Papers-0032-0158

2 pages written by Sir Donald McLean to Sir Francis Dillon Bell

From: Inward letters - Francis Dillon Bell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0158 (46 digitised items). Contains correspondence between McLean and F D Bell, and Bell and William Fox; the correspondence covers the purchase of Maori land (especially at Wairarapa), fighting in the New Zealand Wars, politics (including information about the formation of Governments in the 1870s), and personal matters. 47 letters written from Taranaki, Wellington, London, Shag Valley, Wanganui, Dunedin, Melbourne, 1847-1853

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My dear Bell,

The present aspect of affairs in the North Island requires that some action should be taken to convene the assembly with the least possible delay. In this Province meetings have been held and the people have been quite unanimous in petitioning the Governor on the subject, each day the present men hold office is a black day for New Zealand and to us who reside near the scene of hostilities it is a

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matter of life and death that a change should take place that will restore the confidence of both Europeans and natives.

The Stafford Ministry is reduced to great extremities when it can only get such supporters in a community as ex parson Colenso, a dismissed officer of volunteers and a vain silly man like Lord Henry Russell actually at a meeting attended by 4 or 500 people last night only 6 hands were held up against resolutions condemnatory of Stafford and those hangers on for whatever they could get

English (ATL)


My dear Bell,

The present aspect of affairs in the North Island requires that some action should be taken to convene the assembly with the least possible delay. In this Province meetings have been held and the people have been quite unanimous in petitioning the Governor on the subject, each day the present men hold office is a black day for New Zealand and to us who reside near the scene of hostilities it is a matter of life and death that a change should take place that will restore the confidence of both Europeans and natives.

The Stafford Ministry is reduced to great extremities when it can only get such supporters in a community as ex parson Colenso, a dismissed officer of volunteers and a vain silly man like Lord Henry Russell actually at a meeting attended by 4 or 500 people last night only 6 hands were held up against resolutions condemnatory of Stafford and those hangers on for whatever they could get

Part of:
Inward letters - Francis Dillon Bell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0158 (46 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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