Object #1022566 from MS-Papers-0032-0635
8 pages written 26 Mar 1865 by Sir George Stoddart Whitmore to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - G S Whitmore, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0635 (105 digitised items).
103 letters written from Hawke's Bay and London, 1862-1869 & undated. Includes letter to Miss McLean written from Wellington by T F? Whitmore, undated; sketch map of area from just north of the Mohaka River south to Whitmore's run (undated). Piece-level inventory of letters accessioned pre-1969.
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
26 March /65
Ive seen P. Russell at home
I bring out 10 Emigrants
on yr. terms - 2 of them the
Club people - 1 person in
charge of birds etc. and 7 of
My dear McLean,
You are either the worst of correspondents or you have deserved a tremendous blowing up from me for the very shabby letter you have written me. I wanted to hear all about the Province in which I take so great an interest and of all the friends I have left behind and think about often.
Moreover I wished to have heard something about our scheme of purchasing native land. I have done something here in this matter, and had your letter hinted a wish to have some money for that purpose I could have placed some for you. As it is if you still hold to your mind in this matter, and want money I make no doubt shall be able to get as much as will do. In the first instance you
would require possibly an instalment even before the title could possibly be made a good one. In that case you can draw for £2000 on Messrs. Codd and Co,
35 Craven Street,
Unless you are actually dealing don't draw for it till next Mail - As by that time I hope to be able to put a larger sum at your disposal.
I hope you will carry out our scheme to some extent at all events for I am sure you will make and I shall make largely out of it. Especially if you can deal at Poverty Bay. I mean to try to get £20,000, and though we may have to pay interest still as that ought to be amply covered by our profit hereafter we might do very well - and make interest by leasing parts.
I shall bring with me birds and beasts. If I come out by long sea I shall accompany them myself. If I come overland I will send those with them who will care for them. I shall draw on you as Ormond and you agreed for £150, for birds etc. I shall hope to be lucky with these and mean to bring Sand Grouse - blackbirds thrushes singing birds - perhaps some pheasants trained to breed in confinement etc. and some prairie hens if possible.
I am sorry to say New Zealand does not sound well in the city just now - and the ill luck the Strathallan has had injures our Province. The 8 p. cent Treasury bills cannot be expected to sell well for the date is so short that any premium paid on them would materially lessen the advantage of the high rate of interest. It looks "hard up", and hurts our credit to have to do such things.
Why I can't say but Grey manages to keep his head above water very well here. The public suspects him, but he has many violent backers in a certain party here.
The "City" is in a beastly funk of a war with America. Some think the confederates done for. But I and many military men think that we shall hear of a great defeat inflicted on Sherman in perhaps a few days. Possibly you may get news of it by telegraph. At all events Sherman is pushing forward in a very risky manner through a hostile country and any check may end in a fearful disaster to his Army. The doings of Lee and his subordinates are quite concealed even from the Federals - and Sherman is cut off from communication with his own States.
If the Federals meet with any check just now they
will be very much depressed for I understand they suffer even more than the Confederates from the necessity of finding new Troops. In their case it is the expence of recruiting. The South cannot find the men because there are no more to find and none can be imported.
I shall bring out with me my old Subaltern Captain Machell who has just sold out of the 62d to settle near me. He will be accompanied by his wife, till the 4th Prox. Miss Eyre - a niece of the well known Sir Tatton Sykes, and a very nice person. Also Major Green late on the staff in China and also an old brother officer of Lucas's and my own who takes his wife and family. These will be the Machells especially a great addition to Society at Napier.
I am calculating on J. A. Smiths house without which I shall be on my beam ends but as you kindly promised to get it for me I haveless uneasiness than I should otherwise feel. It is nearly time some one relieved you of the weight of the hospitality you almost alone in Napier extended to strangers and people visiting Town and I trust if properly housed I shall be able to do my duty at last
in this respect. I confess I always felt I was rather backward in entertainment but as a bachelor one cannot do much. With all these people coming out who will of course expect me more or less to entertain them at first, I shall be rather non plussed if I do not have some place to put them or at least to receive them. And I confess I cannot bear the idea of my poor little wife trailing about through the pot houses in Napier for a lodging -
However with friends like you and Wilson I can hardly fancy that anything so bad as that can overtake me.
As far as Napier Society goes I have never been welcomed by it, and certainly never courted the welcome. Thus I feel that if they were to blame in the one respect I was not very wise on the other - and shall therefore be the first to endeavour to make friends. I think on the whole there are few small societies without drawbacks and none I think which for its size produces more people to like and to esteem than Napier - While I have you and Brandon and Wilson to count as friends I don't think I have much right to growl after all. My wife must do the rest. If she makes herself agreeable to the women I dare
dare say they won't be more disagreeable to her than women usually are to one another - and I know my wife will at least give herself no airs, and will go more than half way to make friends.
You say nothing of my cousin. I hope the poor boy can swim till I return. I fear however somehow for him when my back is turned, for I know how I was treated myself. However he has this in you to depend on that he may rely on what you say, the advice you give, and the treatment of a gentleman. Whereas I had a poor creature for a Supt. to protect me, and a pair of - for his advisers.
I am bringing birds out and shall spend the £150 you and Ormond told me to go to. I am also bringing out a man and his wife for the Club. The man is a first rate man and has been trained at our Club. He is most civil highly recommended and respectable both in manner and appearance. He wants to go out because he has just married. His wife is a very nice woman. She has been several years in charge of the tea and coffee department of our club with of course several women under her. I have told the man
that I could promise nothing except that I would write out to you and Wilson, and hoped that if the place was not actually vacant it would soon become so - and that in that case you would give hima preference. Should you be provided this man is a first rate fellow and would meet I should think with employment easily enough.
I hope you have not had the Def. Force further reduced, or my orderlies or yacht taken from you. The accounts I receive from my station are satisfactory and also from Lucas.
Goodbye and old fellow believe me
Yours very sincerely
G. S. Whitmore
Inward letters - G S Whitmore, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0635 (105 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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