Object #1023188 from MS-Papers-0032-0197

4 pages written 6 Sep 1846 by John Cameron in Wanganui to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - John Cameron, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0197 (38 digitised items). 37 letters addressed from Wanganui, Marangai (Wanganui), Waitotara, and Waitoa, 1846-1875, undated

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6 Sept. 1846

My Dear Maclean

Yours of the 23rd June July recd. and have not had till now an opportunity of thanking you for your mindfullness of us here - In the event of any disturbance in this quarter I shall most likely make use of the Maori note you was kind enough to let me have, but I trust it shall not be required - Mr. Nixon has sent what cattle he wanted to dispose of to Wellington, and has only yesterday returned home after selling them.

The ''Katy Johnstone'' arrived in the river from Wellington on Tuesday last - the latest news brought by her of the war in that quarter is, that Rangiata has been driven from his strong hold near Porirua with considerable loss and that a strong body of the Ngatiawas and a party of his own tribe that have turned against him under a Missionary chief, also a company of Militia and some of the police were in hot pursuit - Mr. Nixon brings later news, that the pursuers had for some days lost all traces of enemy till at last they were discovered encamped somewhere behind Waicanai, on which an express was immediately sent off to head quarters for assistance -

Your old friend the Capt. is in tolerable good spirits at present, he was very low for some weeks after you left us, he frequently breaks out with ''I wonder when Maclean will come to settle this weary land question'' - I have changed my place of residence since you was here, I have got a very snug house put up at the lakes (Wuitoa) and hope in a short time to be very comfortable, and much need I had of it, you will say -

All the Settlers here are much the same as usual one day in hope the other in fear - there are a few alarmists among us that that look on the dark side of every thing.

The weather still continues exceedingly bad, everlastingly raining we have had a horrid bad season for puting in our, crops -

Capt. and Mrs. Campbell desire to be kindly remembered to you and expecting to see you here soon, believe me to be

Sincerely yours
Jno. Cameron

P.S. I almost forgot to thank you for the knife I had forgot all about it, I believe it was my intention when I spoke about it, to send the needfull with you to purchase me one - you know a knife though is an unlucky present at home. It is said as in our case, to cut friendship, from a lady to gentleman, or vice versa, it is said to cut love, but I think it looses its charm in the colonies, when sincere friendship is too rare and consequently too precious to be severed by so paltry an instrument and when in my opinion true love does not exist.

Yours, J.C.

Part of:
Inward letters - John Cameron, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0197 (38 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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