Object #1023735 from MS-Papers-0032-0246

3 pages written by Robert Donaldson in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Robert Donaldson, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0246 (14 digitised items). 14 letters written from Auckland, Whangarei and Napier, 1857-1862, and undated

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Donald McLean Esq.

I am publishing a book of Poems in Napier (5/- per copy) scenes from life in N. Zealand, and my own experience. My fellow settlers are subscribing for it (that is taking copies) Wood is printing it. It is now in the press -- Messrs. Gollan and Alexander were my first subscribers 4 copies each and my uncle took 4 also, they heard me read several of my pieces. The present book containing some lays of the War, will only contain a selection of my poems. Had you time to read my letters signed Bona Fide in the Herald of 8th. and 29th. Septr. and the 9th. October? in the first letter on the ''8th. Sept.'' I urged the necessity of calling a meeting to inquire into Archdeacon Hadfield's conduct and to express our confidence & esteem for the Governor.

My appeal succeeded, a meeting was held (one of the largest seen in Napier) and the paper signed and sent off promptly; although forced to leave town to attend to my school duties, I had previously consulted with and left the matter in the hands of men who (I knew) would follow it up. If my proceedings afforded you pleasure, or met with your approval, will you oblige me by requesting the Governor's lady to permit me to dedicate my little work to her. I have a large family and it is of consequence to me to obtain Mrs. Gore Browne's patronage, as I intend sending my book with additions home for reprinting (I have written to Mrs. Gore Browne).

With a family like mine, I cannot start a farm it will not pay -- I must therefore trust to my brain and pen for a lively-hood. I may mention that I took the pledge of Total Abstinence for life, on the 4th. of August 1859, and have since by writing and otherwise, assisted to start a ''Total Abstinence Society for Hawkes Bay'' -- it is progressing slowly but surely. You have always expressed yourself ''friendly'' to me -- please to comply with my request as Mrs. Gore Browne may not know me although I never will forget her kindness when I was in Auckland and laid up with a dislocated arm.

Hoping you will excuse this letter and my intrucing myself on your notice, I beg to remain, Sir,

Your most obed. servt.
Robert Donaldson. My address is Robert Donaldson
Waipuka by Napier

Part of:
Inward letters - Robert Donaldson, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0246 (14 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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