Object #1021858 from MS-Papers-0032-0494

6 pages written 26 Sep 1861 by Robert Reid Parris in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Robert Parris, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0494 (56 digitised items). 56 letters written from New Plymouth, 1861-1873. Includes copy of letter from McLean to Parris, 20 Sep 1870.

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Private New Plymouth
Sep. 26/61


Dr. Sir

I send officially by this mail copy of instructions which I have received from Colonel Warre, in reference to the non-admission of Rebel Natives within the limits of the settlement of New Plymouth, which in my opinion is rather injudicious, as regards the Ngatiawas, who are constantly coming in contact with the Europeans between Waitara and Bell Block. I have sent them word to keep away, and so far as I know they have taken the warning in good part, without shewing any inclination to retaliate, by forbidding Europeans coming among them. Mr. Rimenschneider has recently returned from Warea, he informs me that the Natives of that part manifest a very bad feeling. They hold him not to return among them, unless he would acknowledge the Maori King, who they were determined shld. be the supreme authority! Poor deluded creatures! The present suspense is very tiresome. I hope Sir George will soon arrive to remove the monotony. Hulke who has recently returned from Wellington says that Fox is determined to sweep Mr. McLean and his dept. clean out of the Govt. Highly probable from the antecendents of Sir George Grey, who of course can know nothing of Mr. McLean. Others say (and among them your old friend W.H.) that it is all up now Sir George is returning that he and Mr. McLean will revive the Flour and Sugar system. The next thing I expect to hear is that Hulke is bringing a Bill into Council authorizing the conversion of Sir George and Mr. McLean into Flour and Sugar that the Natives may eat both - he would then be happy for a short time.

I have no hesitation in saying that as a first step to restore order in New Plymouth, Sir George would do well to send Hulke to a Penal Colony. I am sorry to say that Brown (Superintendent) is a complete catspaw for Hulke, and W. Bayly, the two firebrands of the place. He has just authorized the stoppage of a public road through Baylys farm (which has been established four years) to the detriment of the Moturoa Natives, which has caused and official correspondence to be commenced between us, copies of which I shall forward you in due course.

W.S. Atkinson has been bothering me to write about his salary being made up to the same as Carringtons, which I declined, consequently he had addressed a letter to me, which I have sent a copy of officially. I wish you had some other employment for both of them and could allow me clerical assistance (which neither are capable of - poor Carrington would be if his sight would allow him). I could then do the whole work myself. I was very much annoyed on my return to find that during my absence my horse was nearly starved. I am now feeding him up and riding him to find out if I can confidently recommend him as a Hackney for the Chief of our Department, who I have seen on an Auckland Horse which in no way contribute to respectable appearances. If he proves to be the horse I take him to be, I shall send him by next Steamer.

I have not written to Rogan supposing he is off to Kaipara but should he not have gone, please give my kind love to him.

I have had no end of disputes about ownership of Horses and Cattle which were put off for my return. I fear this will be the case for the next twelve months.

One case, five Europeans on each side swore that a Bullock belonged to different persons.


With kind regards believe me to be Yours truly
R. Parris.
D McLean .Esq

Part of:
Inward letters - Robert Parris, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0494 (56 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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