Object #1027159 from MS-Papers-0032-0612

4 pages written by Rev Henry Hanson Turton to Sir Donald McLean in New Plymouth District

From: Inward letters - Rev Henry Hanson Turton, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0612 (65 digitised items). Letters written from Taranaki, Auckland and Wellington

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Private. Octr. 27th,

Mission house.
Dear Sir,

I have recd. a note from the Revd.Mr.Buddle, in wh. he says that he had had an interview with Govr.Browne, and that His Excelly. blamed me on 2 points, as havg. acted improperly, and that he wished him to communicate the same to me.

1st. As to my callg. up the Waikatos wh. was never once dreamt of,

and 2ndly Abt. laying the information "with a view of havg. K. arrested", wh. is the very opposite of what I wrote to the Rest. Magistrate.

As to what I have done and proposed, I seek for no other justification than what is contained in the printed Journal. I don't fall back on "good intentions" (for in cases of this sort they are useless or mischievous, frequently), but I plead good actions and good advice - and the entire success of the whole corroborates the plea. At any rate, I have acted throughout in such a manner, that I claim to be treated by the Gov. with proper courtesy as I always hitherto have been, and not to have messages sent to me through third parties, as has been now done on two occasions, as if I were unworthy of beind addressed in a more direct manner. I may be so unworthy, but I think this is hardly the fittest time to tell me so. By the measures wh. I adopted, I have saved the Colony an enormous outlay both of blood and treasure, wh. must eventually have been required, had the game been allowed further to proceed: but havg. acted altogether from a sense of Missy. duty, without reference to any party, it matters but little to me to find my only reward externally, in the ingratitude of the Govt. Had I been a "Bishop" it might have been different. But perhaps it is quite as well that it shd. be so, as it will effectually secure me in a position of independence, in reference to the future consideration of this questn.

If therefore, I have not the pleasure of waiting on the new Governor, you will understand from this, what deprives me of it. For I will never be guilty of forcing myself on the attention of any man, who prefers communicatg. with me indirectly.

Wishing you a pleasant trip to the S. -

Believe me,
Yours truly,
H. Hanson Turton.
D. McLean, Esqr., New Plymouth.

Part of:
Inward letters - Rev Henry Hanson Turton, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0612 (65 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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