Object #1022736 from MS-Papers-0032-0534
From: Inward letters - J C Richmond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0534 (35 digitised items). 33 letters written from Wellington, Turanganui, Ngatapa, Napier and Nelson, 1865-1870, & undated. Includes letter from Richmond to Ormond, Oct 1868; McLean to Richmond, 7 Jan 1869. Also piece-level inventory.
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to Fraser, I have no objection to his coming. I am grieved to learn that his one weakness is growing upon him; but I think, in active responsibility, he may not fail. Still, I am more inclined to trust Westrup, for a tough campaign. I cannot tell whether they will spare him, but I have written to bring the subject up. I am half inclined to go to Wanganui to-night, so we may not
be able to have a conference. If I go, I shall return at once, after settling on a course with Stafford and Haultain.
We must not remove Lambert. To speak plainly, - it is not a time for personal preferences, but for mutual support. I am ready, as you know, to sink the past, so far as possible, - not that I can ever cease to feel it. Everyone is bound now, to throw over clique feeling, as well as political feeling. Lambert has some great qualities, which our dashing young men
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most want. Although I, who say it most keenly, appreciate the high qualities of the younger leaders.
I know no fault in our new levies, except that they are new. The lot we saw on the ''Wellington'' were in action a few hours after landing at Whanganui. It would not do to have two sets of men enlisting together. Otherwise, I should gladly have Scully's help. The men must not be local, for we do not know where they may be needed, or when.
I remain my dear McLean Yours faithfully (Signed)
To:- His Honor D. McLean Napier.
Tell Hotene of my other note, as soon as it is acted on; and give him, Ropata, Ihaka, and the rest, my kind regards; begging them to remember my words that our blow must be well directed as well as quick. Tell them we are raising men, and beg them to be patient. I think a part might go up the Coast for a week or so, if they desire it, leaving fifty to keep the garrison at Wairoa.
Inward letters - J C Richmond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0534 (35 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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