Letter from H. T. Kemp
to Donald McLean
dated 6th. January 1855.
6th. January 1855
My dear McLean,
I felt somewhat disappointed at not hearing from you, as I only got your note the other day. I have written to you by every mail, both Public and private.
Since then we have had a good deal of excitement prevailing, --- first, by another series of the Taranaki business, where Major Nugent has gone. And then, by the violent death of a young Chief, belonging to Whaingaroa, which happened on Christmas night in the town of Auckland, by the hands of a European. Much ferment was the consequence; but I hope the feeling is being allayed. After the Coroner's inquest, the body was removed by the natives, intending to convey it as far as his native place; but they were obliged to bury it at Ihumatoa. This was a fortunate turn for us; and Te Wetere has been in a very sore way about it; and even now I think they will wait with some anxiety, until his trial. It was thrown a good deal upon my shoulders;
and in a great measure, caused a cessation of land affairs. The man who was killed, was a mere looker-on in the street. It was an unhappy death; and this fact makes it more annoying to the natives.
I don't know of anything to say, particularly. Colonel Wynyard has resigned the Superinten-deney, and I think Brown is sure to come in. A Requisition has been sent to Whittaker, but I don't think he is prepared to encounter Mr. Brown.
I send you, in a separate envelope, with this, an Official, calling for Security to the amount of a £1000. No one has seen it but myself.
Captain Russell has been unsuccessful. A copy of his report has been sent to you; also a Memo, of Dr. Knight's, in reference to the Land purchase. I thought you might be able to furnish some papers in reply, from those you have in the South. Dr. Knight has also sent back very nearly the whole of your accounts, with queries, which you alone can supply. The Budget is so large that I have detained them until your return. He has also furnished a set of Forms for the future guidance of the land purchasers.
Nothing news from Johnson since I wrote, I have heard he is getting on very well.
McInnes is well, and joins me in kind regards to Strang and yourself.
Yours very sinecerly
H. T. Kemp.
Inward letters - H T Kemp, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0368 (47 digitised items)
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