Object #1023678 from MS-Papers-0032-0158

3 pages written 25 Nov 1875 by Sir Francis Dillon Bell to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Francis Dillon Bell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0158 (46 digitised items). Contains correspondence between McLean and F D Bell, and Bell and William Fox; the correspondence covers the purchase of Maori land (especially at Wairarapa), fighting in the New Zealand Wars, politics (including information about the formation of Governments in the 1870s), and personal matters. 47 letters written from Taranaki, Wellington, London, Shag Valley, Wanganui, Dunedin, Melbourne, 1847-1853

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English (ATL)

Shag Valley

25 Novr 1875



My dear McLean,

I enclose you a note I have received about the formation of a Volunteer Rifle Corps. Will you kindly tell me whether you think the offer is one that you may properly accept?

I am hoping soon to hear from you about the letter I lately wrote you on election matters. If I do not stand it is certain that a provincial partison will be brought forward against George McLean, and

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English (ATL)

I believe he would get in. I need hardly say that if the contest is to lie only between G. McL. and me I hope to have your help, especially with the natives who are on the roll.


Believe me always Faithfully yours
F.D. BELL

Hon. Sir Donald McLean K.C.M.G.
P.S. Accept the Volunteer offer if you properly can, as it will help my return.

English (ATL)

Shag Valley

25 Novr 1875



My dear McLean,

I enclose you a note I have received about the formation of a Volunteer Rifle Corps. Will you kindly tell me whether you think the offer is one that you may properly accept?

I am hoping soon to hear from you about the letter I lately wrote you on election matters. If I do not stand it is certain that a provincial partison will be brought forward against George McLean, and I believe he would get in. I need hardly say that if the contest is to lie only between G. McL. and me I hope to have your help, especially with the natives who are on the roll.


Believe me always Faithfully yours
F.D. BELL

Hon. Sir Donald McLean K.C.M.G.
P.S. Accept the Volunteer offer if you properly can, as it will help my return.

Part of:
Inward letters - Francis Dillon Bell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0158 (46 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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