31st October 1859
My dear Mac,
I wrote to you a letter last post addressed Poste Restante Wanganui; and I write this similarly, and not that I am in any way indebted to you for your correspondence, but because I have another favor to ask of you which I will come to by and by.
Ihaia is going on well, but for safety's sake, still in hospital. There has been a report there ten days back that W. Kingi has said he would have him waylaid, and served as Katatori was. I do not believe, if true at all, that it is more than a matter of mere verbiage, and by no means intended to be realized, my opinion being that he has a better knowledge of consequences than to venture on the realization of such a speculation.
Our people would make a noise about the Governor's very proper and prudent answer to the petition of getting them land. Why does not he tell them - ''gentlemen if really you be so eager to procure land go to Ahuriri - go to Canterbury - go to Otago, and you shall have more than you, or all of you, can muster ready cash for - is N. P. your Natale Solum, forsooth, that all your
early affecations are concentered on it or are you not so far strangers in a strange land, that good land is alone what you require? Well then take it where I have got to give it, but do not coerce the aborigines to part with what is just as dear to them as it can be to you''. But, after all, buy fifty hundred thousand acres tomorrow, and how much would our cocknies buy? Mighty little be assured of it, but they want the multitude of Johnny Newcomes that they may thrive thereon. But I wrote all about this to our friend the Duke of Wiwitoa, but he is such a Featherstonite and Provincialite that very likely he will say nothing about it to you.
Sam Deighton has written to me to solicit any influence with you in his favor for some situation which is in your gift. I never liked his brother, but Sam I always found a correct enough going youth, and only wanting full employment to elicit the efficient man. He is about to marry Gudgeon's eldest daughter, and I shall be very happy if it be in your power and will to forward them. My wife desires me to say she joins me in this.
Hoping in the course of the current century to see you, I remain, My Dear Mc
Ever very faithfully yours
Inward letters - Dr Peter Wilson, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0650 (58 digitised items)
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