Object #1024464 from MS-Papers-0032-0417

4 pages written 19 Mar 1860 by Archibald Alexander MacInnes in Wellington to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Archibald Alexander MacInnes and others, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0417 (18 digitised items). Letters written from Auckland, Hawke's Bay & Wellington, 1859-1860 (12 letters). One letter from E McInnes to Annabella McLean, 1866 written from Mangatarata; letter from A A MacInnes to Mr Kemp, 1855 written from Whangaroa; letters to Archy from his brother John, Oct 1859 & Jun 1860, written from Manse of Cromdale, Scotland with postscript from his uncle Rev D McColl.Also letter from A J McInnis, Taranaki, 5 Aug 1850 (see also MS-Papers-0032-0419)

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19th March 1860

My Dear Cousin,

I was very sorry at not leaving you good bye, and I now apologise for not having seen you off, as I thought you were not going off till next day however I hope the time will not be far of when you will go home and visit us.

I should hope you will succeed in your undertaking, and that you will be the means of preventing war, the natives of this country are getting altogether too audacious and too upish and desere a severe chastisement I think the British Govt. are altogether too lenient with them, and they want keeping down very much, it is most ridiculous how they are trifled with, they are decidedly masters of the law throughout the country if you would do as the Campbells did to the MacDonalds at Glencoe entice them and slay them without mercy, then the country would be open for all, and they would be more submissive subjects.

I expect to go on board tomorrow and I hope to arrive home safely in a civilised and christian country, and in the meantime I shall say farewell, and many thanks for your great kindness. When I get home I shall write you how I have been getting on. In the meantime farewell.

I remain
Your very afft.Cousin
Archd. A. MacInnes

Part of:
Inward letters - Archibald Alexander MacInnes and others, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0417 (18 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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