Object #1024971 from MS-Papers-0032-0228

4 pages written 12 Mar 1863 by George Sisson Cooper to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - George Sisson Cooper, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0228 (108 digitised items). 105 letters written from Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington. Contains correspondence between McLean and Cooper with regard to the purchase of Maori land in Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa in particular, and various complaints and issues that arose from the purchases; also contains information and discussions about the spread of the Pai Marire and Ringatu religions (again, with a particular focus on Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa), and about general Maori affairs. Includes draft letters from McLean to Cooper; letters from George's wife Ellen C Cooper, 1863-1872, and from Sarah Cooper (undated).

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12th March, 1863.


My dear McLean

Will you come up next week and stay with me to see the races? I intended to have asked you at Napier, but you were off on Monday to the nomination, so I missed seeing you. Major Whitmore, Major Douglas and Harman are coming up. You must expect to be a little roughly put up in

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these quaky times but I know you won't mind that. At all events we can make you quite as comfortable as you and I were in old Morrison's dairy at Wairarapa in '55. You remember how the old fellow snored!

If possible it wd. be a good thing for Your Honour to send up Sergt. Major Scully and a couple of men to

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assist in keeping order on the Course. I have arranged with the Maoris to have some of their own people as Police. Are there any truncheons that could be lent to them?

We shall have a very good meeting here, the entries are much better than at Napier as you will see by the papers.

I shall expect you on Monday evening, or Tuesday at latest.

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We dine every day at 7, which will give you lots of time to come up in a day.

All right up here - no news.
Yours very sincerely
G.S. Cooper

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12th March, 1863.


My dear McLean

Will you come up next week and stay with me to see the races? I intended to have asked you at Napier, but you were off on Monday to the nomination, so I missed seeing you. Major Whitmore, Major Douglas and Harman are coming up. You must expect to be a little roughly put up in these quaky times but I know you won't mind that. At all events we can make you quite as comfortable as you and I were in old Morrison's dairy at Wairarapa in '55. You remember how the old fellow snored!

If possible it wd. be a good thing for Your Honour to send up Sergt. Major Scully and a couple of men to assist in keeping order on the Course. I have arranged with the Maoris to have some of their own people as Police. Are there any truncheons that could be lent to them?

We shall have a very good meeting here, the entries are much better than at Napier as you will see by the papers.

I shall expect you on Monday evening, or Tuesday at latest. We dine every day at 7, which will give you lots of time to come up in a day.

All right up here - no news.
Yours very sincerely
G.S. Cooper

Part of:
Inward letters - George Sisson Cooper, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0228 (108 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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