Object #1025042 from MS-Papers-0032-0510

3 pages written 13 Sep 1872 by Thomas William Porter in Poverty Bay

From: Inward letters - T W Porter, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0510 (96 digitised items). 96 letters written from Gisborne and Wairoa, 1870-1876 & undated. Includes letters in Maori to Poata from R Kawhia of Tuparoa, 1876; letter to Kapene Poata from Hotene Porourangi of Waiapu, 1876.

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Poverty Bay

13th. Sept. 1872

Dear Sir,

By the Rangatira today we learn the defeat of the ministry. It has surprised us all being quite unexpected. I can assure you here regrets are general. I need not say that personally I am extremely sorry and quite unsettled at the news. I do not know what course to adopt I cannot however truckle to retain my situation. I have dear Sir so pledged myself to your policy and have looked up to you as a benefactor to myself personally that I feel urged on to do something to evince my devotion to you, but I feel that my efforts would be but puny and effect nothing. I am dear Sir in a state of perplexity and have to request you will favour me with a line of advice as to what course to pursue.

I today received a letter intended for Miss Roberts the writer Colonel Whitmore I imagine having written to us simultaneously and wrongly enveloped the letters I cannot conceive what the contents of mine can be as he has not favored me for agex no doubt it is something political. I go to Waikare on Monday and on return shall prepare for any emergency I am afraid your retirement will give renewed life to some of the jealously ambitious chiefs who have been some time held in check.

I have the honor to be, Dear Sir,
Yours most faithfully,
T.W. Porter, Capt.

Part of:
Inward letters - T W Porter, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0510 (96 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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