Object #1022736 from MS-Papers-0032-0534

4 pages written 14 Nov 1868 by James Crowe Richmond in Wellington to Sir Donald McLean in Napier City

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)
J.C. Richmond.
To:- His Honor D. McLean Napier.

P.S.

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.

(Signed)
J.C.R.

English (ATL)

COPY Wellington

November 14th. 1868



My dear McLean,

I shall not write at great length, as the Telegraph continues open.

I have sent cautionary letters to Lambert and Westrup, of which a copy is sent you. I am taking every means in my power to raise men North and South, and shall probably succeed, although it may not be possible to get effective men, out of hand.

I see it stated that men are being had, in Otago. All our Agents are ordered to be silent. I agree generally in your telegram as to plan. It will require some little time, do what we may, to get it into effective train; and much as delay is to be deprecated, failure is even more mischievous. As 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 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)
J.C. Richmond.
To:- His Honor D. McLean Napier.

P.S.

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.

(Signed)
J.C.R.

Part of:
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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