Object #1022830 from MS-Papers-0032-0540

3 pages written 6 Mar 1858 by John Rogan in Auckland Region

From: Inward letters - John Rogan, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0540 (40 digitised items). 40 letters written from Awakino, Mokau, New Plymouth, Takatuhi, Whangaroa, Waingohu, Tokatoka (Kaipara), Whakaturai, Auckland, Coromandel, & Sydney (Sep 1858)

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to the masonic and a rattle trap of a place it is, but a jolly spot for the Maoris, as there is a nice grass plot whereon they can sun themselves, that is whenever that luminary shows out which is but seldom in these parts nowadays. We have had the entire mob of Ngatiwhatua with te Hemara, te Kiri and all the Pakiri claimants who are now enjoying their £800 which Smith paid them a few days ago. I settled the Ikaranganui for the £500 which has been the most satisfactory thing I have ever yet done for the Government, I have also paid the £2000 for Matakohe and am now fighting the battle, as to price for 30,000 acres more, for which the Government will give 8d and the Maoris demand 2/6 a little time will settle this as well as Matakohe. Kemp has sent in the duds for his monster purchases and for all this Richmond sometimes growls. Between you and I, I suspect they, the Ministry are desirous of smashimg our department altogether and will perhaps favor the scheme of individual purchases for the sake of courting popularity.

The Treasurer's and Secretary's officers are now at the large house with a balcony in Eden Crescent whene the Jews lived, and beyond this I cannot tell you any news, except that Mrs. H. Miss H. and Charley are away home. I saw the lovely Jenny Graham at her house a few evenings ago and was quite enchanted with her fascinating manners and mnsical accomplishments, she appears however very delicate. The Kaipara natives wished me very much to go back with them and have deposited their money in my care by way of bate to get me back, but Richmond will not let me move until you return which I hope will be soon when you will find me to the good like a bad shilling.

No mail from Taranaki this week, by the last, Ihaia was said to be in a very awkward predicament, having been almost surrounded by 450 to his solitary hoko runa, and unless something extraordinary takes place, the slaugh ter will be frightful.

No letter from Norris to Johnson, he has treated even him with silent contempt. W. Halse to whom I have written on the subject for advice has not condescended a reply, and from all these things I am so thoroughly put out with everything Taranaki that the idea alone of the place makes me quite cross. I saw W. S. Grahame several times lately who always stops to have a yarn about you. I suppose he will soon be away to old Scotland. Smith has been at the

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office but seldom lately he is still grinding away at the confounded laws which it appears will never be finished. What good can you do hanging about places when the natives are almost too excited to attend land purchasing matters, more especially as you have now stationed at the different places, men for the purpose of taking advantage off opportunities which may offer from time to time. The far famed Pukekohe case will devolve upon me when you come back, the settlers are to be removed and compensated, and the Maoris will get back some valuable farms already made to their hands, I consider great blame is attachable to them as well as to the Government, however you know the case yourself and if you do not, just mention Pukekohe to Searancke and that will be sufficient.


Ever yours
John Rogan

P. S. I have been reluctantly compelled to make away with your last, lest it should turn up against me at a future time.

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Auckland

6th March 1858



My Dear Sir,

I have just received your very laconic letter of 23rd Feb. and am mightily amused with the first part of it, wherein you wish me happiness etc. I suppose in consequence of some nonsensical trash I have been writing to you lately, which you construed literally, but I forgot for the moment that you were not as w ell acquainted with my humbugging propensities in the matter of ladies as some of our friends in New Plymouth who have faith in me in every other respect but in this particular pray set fire to any letter of mine with reference to this subject and commit this to the flames when you arrive at the conclusion. I have much to communicate to you which cannot be written down, but you must not infer from hence that it is anything unfavorable to myself.

Since the receipt of your stinging epistle which has been acknowledged rather abruptly, great changes have taken place in the shape of removals. We are now quietly settled down in the retreat boarding house next door to the masonic and a rattle trap of a place it is, but a jolly spot for the Maoris, as there is a nice grass plot whereon they can sun themselves, that is whenever that luminary shows out which is but seldom in these parts nowadays. We have had the entire mob of Ngatiwhatua with te Hemara, te Kiri and all the Pakiri claimants who are now enjoying their £800 which Smith paid them a few days ago. I settled the Ikaranganui for the £500 which has been the most satisfactory thing I have ever yet done for the Government, I have also paid the £2000 for Matakohe and am now fighting the battle, as to price for 30,000 acres more, for which the Government will give 8d and the Maoris demand 2/6 a little time will settle this as well as Matakohe. Kemp has sent in the duds for his monster purchases and for all this Richmond sometimes growls. Between you and I, I suspect they, the Ministry are desirous of smashimg our department altogether and will perhaps favor the scheme of individual purchases for the sake of courting popularity.

The Treasurer's and Secretary's officers are now at the large house with a balcony in Eden Crescent whene the Jews lived, and beyond this I cannot tell you any news, except that Mrs. H. Miss H. and Charley are away home. I saw the lovely Jenny Graham at her house a few evenings ago and was quite enchanted with her fascinating manners and mnsical accomplishments, she appears however very delicate. The Kaipara natives wished me very much to go back with them and have deposited their money in my care by way of bate to get me back, but Richmond will not let me move until you return which I hope will be soon when you will find me to the good like a bad shilling.

No mail from Taranaki this week, by the last, Ihaia was said to be in a very awkward predicament, having been almost surrounded by 450 to his solitary hoko runa, and unless something extraordinary takes place, the slaugh ter will be frightful.

No letter from Norris to Johnson, he has treated even him with silent contempt. W. Halse to whom I have written on the subject for advice has not condescended a reply, and from all these things I am so thoroughly put out with everything Taranaki that the idea alone of the place makes me quite cross. I saw W. S. Grahame several times lately who always stops to have a yarn about you. I suppose he will soon be away to old Scotland. Smith has been at the office but seldom lately he is still grinding away at the confounded laws which it appears will never be finished. What good can you do hanging about places when the natives are almost too excited to attend land purchasing matters, more especially as you have now stationed at the different places, men for the purpose of taking advantage off opportunities which may offer from time to time. The far famed Pukekohe case will devolve upon me when you come back, the settlers are to be removed and compensated, and the Maoris will get back some valuable farms already made to their hands, I consider great blame is attachable to them as well as to the Government, however you know the case yourself and if you do not, just mention Pukekohe to Searancke and that will be sufficient.


Ever yours
John Rogan

P. S. I have been reluctantly compelled to make away with your last, lest it should turn up against me at a future time.

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Inward letters - John Rogan, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0540 (40 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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