Object #1026389 from MS-Papers-0032-0634

3 pages written 24 Nov 1867 by John Whiteley in Kawhia to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Rev John Whiteley, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0634 (64 digitised items). 57 letters written from Taranaki, Kawhia and Auckland, 1844-1861. Includes McLean to Whitely, 7 Feb 1846 & 6 Mar 1854; 2 letters to Whitely from Colonial Secretary's Office, 1847 & 1853. Piece-level inventory of letters accessioned pre-1969.

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24 Nov. 1867.

My dr. Sir,

You don't know how ashamed I am to take up my pen for a hurried scrawl to one to whom I am so deeply in debt. Believe me however that I had intended (intended) to have had a regular good long letter written ready but here I am caught again as usual. Mail just come in tonight and off again in the morning at daylight.

I am very glad indeed to hear of your success in the land business and my sincere prayer is that you may go on and prosper.

In the New Zealander I see there is a petition to the Queen against Earl Greys schemes - this is as it should be. I hope it will go one not for my sake or for the Missions sake nor yet merely for the natives sake but for the sake of the lives and property of my countrymen in New Zealand.

Pray dont use me as I am obliged to use you - cut you off no not cut you off no no not so bad - but put you off for the present time of hurry with a little letter instead of he mea nui whakaharahara.

But with no less esteem I remain

J. Whiteley.

Part of:
Inward letters - Rev John Whiteley, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0634 (64 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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