Object #1021824 from MS-Papers-0032-0169

4 pages written 20 Jun 1872 by C A Robertson, Sir George Ferguson Bowen, Rev John Chapman Andrew and W Wilkinson in Mercer and New Zealand to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Sir George and Lady Diamantina Bowen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0169 (122 digitised items). 119 letters written from Auckland, Wanganui, Wellington, Melbourne, Dunedin, Taranaki, Mercer, May 1868-Aug 1874, and undated. Includes draft letters from McLean.

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New Zealand Government House Mercer
June 20/72

My dear McLean,

Thanks for your telegrams. If the weather is fine I think I will shoot at the Wairoa for one or two days reaching Auckland late on Saturday night. This will be wind up of the season. We are now at 571 pheasants and want to make up 600 I shall be ready to start for Wellington at the end of next week if you like. Probably we ought not to be later than July 1st.

I enclose some Maori letters addressed to me at Rangariri. I heard there yesterday the details of a gallant action performed by Hori Te Whana of Pamahone who rescued a man named Loder from drowning in the Waikato on the 19th inst. There were 3 Englishmen in a canoe wh. upset. One was drowned, another swam to shore, and the third was saved by Hori at the risk of his own life. I saw him, and he is a very fine fellow and spoke modestly of what he has done. I told him that I wd. write to you about the Govt. giving him some reward in money. £1 or £2 wd. please him, and would be sent to him through Searancke, he said. I think I shall also recommend him for the medal of the Royal Humane Society.

Mr. Shirley, the andlord of the inn at Rangariri, offers to keep in repair the fences etc. of the cemetery there (where the soldiers killed at the fort were buried) for a trifling annual sum - £2 or £3, I understand.

Yours very truly,
G. F. Bowen

The Gentlemen Inhabitants of the Thames wish very much to pay their respects to His Excellency the Governor and would therefore humbly request that he would kindly hold a reception at some time during the day

James Skene J. P. C. A. Robertson,Lieut. T.S.V. J. A. Chapman,T. S. V. W. D. Battle Wm. Wilkinson T. G. Sandes John H. Salmere A. Broglie

Part of:
Inward letters - Sir George and Lady Diamantina Bowen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0169 (122 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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