Object #1027048 from MS-Papers-0032-0486
2 pages written 25 May 1875 by John Davies Ormond in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0486 (119 digitised items).
112 letters written from Wairoa, Wellington, Napier, 1873-1876. Includes letter from D M Luckie to Ormond, Nov 1875; Ormond to Fox, Mar 1876; Carlyon to Ormond.
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
May 25th 1875
My dear McLean
The Southern Cross is away to Wellington so I conclude you could not get away by her. There is not much news from Auckland that I can gather - Reader Wood seems playing a curious sort of game - He sticks to abolition but appears to have arranged to go in as a supporter of Grey - I have just seen Hamlin about Mangatainoka and he is going out to see you on the same subject. I do not think he will get the Block under £12,000 and very likely he will have to pay more. Anyhow it must be bought as the line of both Road and Railway runs through it - I have advised Hamlin to refuse go go into any acreage rate with the natives but to stick to a lump sum. He can himself calculate the acreage price - He talks of beginning by an offer at the rate of about 2/6d an acre. About the arrangement with Barker and Co. I looked over the agreement and it seems all right - I telegraphed you this morning I would act as representing the Govt. but in the course of the morning I heard that it was reported I had arranged it to secure Cable's support, so I told Locke his name had better appear instead of mine.
He has accordingly been named in the Deed - I see little Sheehan has resigned at Auckland and that he said he had twelve months work before him here - I have no other news I am glad to hear you are still getting better.
Enclosed from Charlie O'Neill is one of the crop of difficulties you expected from the Chairmanship of Committees being vacant. It is a great nuisance just now. J.D.O.
Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0486 (119 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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