Object #1023138 from MS-Papers-0032-0634

4 pages written 17 Aug 1846 by John Whiteley in Kawhia to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Rev John Whiteley, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0634 (64 digitised items). 57 letters written from Taranaki, Kawhia and Auckland, 1844-1861. Includes McLean to Whitely, 7 Feb 1846 & 6 Mar 1854; 2 letters to Whitely from Colonial Secretary's Office, 1847 & 1853. Piece-level inventory of letters accessioned pre-1969.

A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.

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August 17/46

My Dear Sir,

Yours of 17th July I duly received and thank you for your kind remembrance. I do not and shall not forget you or my other friends at Taranaki. I would have accompanied Te Roto ma but considered that their visit was of a perfectly peaceful character and my services would not be needed. You lately sent a Messenger to Auckland I understand he had strict orders not to call for my letters - he did not, either going or returning - of course my letters were left (if I had any to send) to be sent as I might best devise how!!! And this is the way you Taranaki folks reward the past services of your old pononga. I have been a regular taurekareka for the whole o' ye and this is the way ye pay me off. There's your fine Post Office at that fine town o' yours - has been some £3 or £4 in my debt for the last 12 months for money actually paid out of my own pocket - to say nothing of gratuitous services. Now as you are a Government Officer allow me to suggest that for the honour of your society you ought to help a poor member who is thus unable to pay its just and lawful debts. Dont say the Post Office does not belong to Government - it does, if not to this Government, at least to the Home Government and you know its all one Society - and so if this poor member (the New Plymouth Post Office) cant pay its own debts - why then, you as a regular initiated member of the honourable conclave must either help it out of its distress or if you cant - then just give notice for a public collection or for a general subscription of all the Honourable members of the Honourable Community of Government officials in Town and Country. Dont think I 'm joking - for my money I must have and if I cant get it by good words and fair means why then I must have recourse to the terrors of Ecclesiastical law.

I wish you success in your great undertaking at Wanganui and also in your soldier-like office. Although your new appointment savours of that character I trust you will never cease to act as you have heretofore done so successfully as a peace-maker between the two races. We began to ''shew fight'' to the natives sadly too soon - if we cant rule them without fighting them we shall make poor out.

Hoping to hear from you frequently I remain Dr.

Sir, Yours truly,
J. Whiteley
Mr. McLean

Part of:
Inward letters - Rev John Whiteley, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0634 (64 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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