Object #1022118 from MS-Papers-0032-0725

3 pages written 6 Aug 1868 by Sir Donald McLean to William Colenso

From: Outward drafts and fragments, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0725 (65 digitised items). Identified correspondents entered in Name Field. Also letter to Karaitiana & Karauria, Aug 1868

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COPY. 6th. August 1868.


My dear Sir,

I duly received your letter of the 31st, ult in reference to the state of the natives at Hawke's Bay; and I feel very much obliged to you for writing it; as this is really a most anxious time, --- what with a declining Revenue, Meetings held at Canterbury to discontinue aid to North Island, and difficulty of getting aid from the Assembly, and Troops leaving, --- we seem to be in a very critical position.

I should be glad if you would give a word of encouragement to our own natives. After all, they have not much to complain of. Debts, of course, they incur; and some, from present depression are compelled to give up the lands leased at such high rates. But still, the position of our natives is comparatively good. The attempts made to get them involved in debt is the worst feature, --- especially when the money is spent, as a great portion of it is, in the purchase of spirits.

Tareha and Mete made a very good appearance in the House, the night before last.

I remain,
Yours very truly, (Signed)
Donald McLean.
To:- Revd. W. Colenso.

Part of:
Outward drafts and fragments, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0725 (65 digitised items)
Series 4 Drafts and fragments of outwards letters, Reference Number Series 4 Drafts and fragments of outwards letters (889 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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