Letter from Mrs. Wilson
to Donald McLean Esq.,
dated 12th. February 1857.
(written on same paper as her husband's letter, on other page.)
My dear Son,
As my Gudeman has to attend upon his Colonel, and as it is the Barrack inspection day, he has not time to write more. Therefore, I take up the story where he left off, and must begin by expressing my highest disapprobation of the conduct of Ironside, who has shown himself in the whole affair, in the most unchristian, unbrotherly manner possible; quite unworthy of the cloth he wears; and what is worse, we strongly suspect he is working to get Whiteley removed from this, so as to get some one of his own sort, to act with him, finding that Whiteley is of a very different grade of Christianity, and one who will not lend himself to work in such iniquitious proceedings. He is every day doing some annoying thing to provoke W. and his family. He has kept old Hobbs, bottled up so that few have been able to get speech with the old man. The consequence is, that he, too, seems to side with Ironside. So we fear that
things will be so misrepresented at Auckland, that they may come into the infamous plot of removing Mr. Whiteley. Now this you must prevent. You must use all the influence in your power to ward off such a blow. The peace and safety of this settlement depends entirely upon Mr. Whiteley's remaining amongst our troublesome natives. The Peace-making is progressing steadily; and will soon be concluded under his able management. This blessing we owe entirely to his unbiassed assiduity. Day and night has he worked to gain this end. I am extremely anxious to impress this upon your mind; that you may do your best in warning the Governor not to allow them to remove a person of Mr. W's standing, particularly at such a critical moment. They may tell you it will not be for the next year. But even then, he ought not to be taken away from the very focus of the fire, - which for want of his presence, might soon be fanned into another blaze, not so easily to be extinguished. I need say no more on this head, for I feel sure you will give it your best and serious attention. The proceedings against Mr. Turton, as Mr. Wilson tells you, have been the most iniquitous we have ever witnessed. Ironside and Hobbs have been collecting all the witnesses on the wrong side. These, as you may suppose, are amongst the low-est
orders; old Mrs. Lye being the chief, who asserts that "she picked up" Mr. T. from the ground, and helped him nearly home to the Mission House". Now be it remembered that she is a very infirm old woman! So how could she lift up such a bulky man!!! It carries the lie on the face of it. I have every reason to believe the old hag is put up to hold out in this assertion, by the Leeches !!! who are inveterate enemies of Turton's, - why, is best known to themselves. These two worthy Wesleyans have also gone to all or every servant or workman, to question them, and done so in such a leading manner, that several told them, that they really thought Ironside would oblige them to condemn Mr. Turton. All the proceedings were done in such a manner that we have not been able to find out who are all the witnesses against him. They tell me that the steamer is just off, so God bless you is the prayer of your affectionate mother,
Donald McLean Esq.