Letter from Dr. Wilson
to Donald McLean Esq.
dated 27th. November 1856.
27th. November 1856.
My dear Mac,
I wrote to you a few days ago; but as the steamer has not yet made her appearance, I avail myself of the circumstance to give you a few lines more.
It seems that a reaction has taken place among that party, who, at the last two meetings of Council, were bent on dissolution; for it seems that a certain clique thereof, together with a few of their supporters, have been busy these last two days, getting up a Memorial or Petition to the Governor, not to accede to the strongly-expressed petition of the Council; but to keep it on till the close of the full period, hoping thereby to gain time, so that some other candidate in addition to Cutfield may spring up; and consequently that the game of last election may be replayed, and Brown be again confirmed in his office. Now, get what number of names they may, to their petition
we apprehend that it cannot speak the sentiments of the people, as the Requisition now in course of signature for Cutfield, and which we might greatly have more than counteracted, had we been so aware that the party was so working, but which we were not, till last night. We do, therefore, hope that, this second thought, originated no doubt by the fact of finding so strong an opposition manifested to Brown and his party's re-election, will not meet with His Excellency's concurrence; but that he will grant the petition of the Council as a valid prayer. I have been urged to write these sentiments directly to His Excellency, but as that is a freedom I should not like to take, I think it better that you should be the medium; and which I trust you will not refuse to be.
We have, too, met with another disappointment. We thought we had gained over Woon, the printer of our "Herald", to dismiss his Editor, who is a mere tool of Brown's; and had promised, - some three or four of us, to superintend the conduction of his paper for three months, or till he could find a better Editor; and so far had he, Woon, heartily concurred, that we had concocted our leading remarks for the coming paper of Saturday; I having had allotted, as my portion, the dissection of the Superintendent's "Circular" on education,
which you will see in our "Herald" of the 8th. inst., and of which I had given with the anatomy and physiology, to more, doubtless, than His Honor's content. The poor fool talks therein as if he had a mint at his command, - whereas he has not a shilling, - and as if school-masters were like facts, and to be found at every corner, of every new cutting, in every new Block of our settlement. But of course my over-throw of his Babylonic town of educational measures, will be postponed. We must get another Press here; for our paper is, no more nor less, than an advertising sheet; and a convenient; and a convenient and advantaged means of the Superintendent's. We are pretty sure it would pay; for Woon has long lost, if he ever had, the good will of the people; and we could easily manage the Editorial part gratis, and at the same time make it a much more interesting paper than that Taranaki now has; which, indeed, is no impossible boast.
Our last week's paper will no doubt prove very edifying to you; and it will greatly demonstrate what a powerful logician, really letter writer, and elegantly lucid compositionist our Superintendent is, when he is left to concoct a letter by himself. Sam King, too, must make a fool of himself, in the Chilman matter; and sum up his pitiful jeremaid, with the blazing falsehood,
that, had he been aware of the nature, (that is the roguery) of the claim, he would have requested his name to be omitted. No doubt he himself knew it all along, just as well . . . . .
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P.S. (written in margin)
Of course the drift of the Circular is, - "see how ardent I am in the moral improvement of the rising generation. A neat bit of Electioneering jobbery.
Donald McLean Esq.