Diary and notes, 1861

Reference Number: MS-1250. Object #1031640

Entries include descriptions of a visit to the Bay of Islands and Mangonui in February, to Waitara in March and a visit to meet Wiremu Tamihana in Waikato in July. Later in the year entries cover a visit to Thames and Coromandel. There are no entries between 25 May-6 July, 26 July-24 October and 16 November-31 December 1861. 1

39 pages, related to Wiremu Tamihana Tarapipipi Te Waharoa, Thames-Coromandel District, Bay of Islands, Matamata-Piako District, Mangonui, Waitara, Ngapuhi and Waikato.

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You are not to occupy the Arai or interfere with Troops going to bathe in Waitara.

You keep to Mataitawa.

Te Arei te Tutu to be allowed to gather peaches and other food without molestation.

The General does not get the Government Gazette.

The proclamation of the Governor's letter to the natives to be published in Gazette.

The settlers warned against threatening natives.

The treatment of the Friendly Natives in New Plymouth

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to be made a subject of remonstrance by the Governor.

The rifle pits to be filled in.

Rangawhenua,- a Spring or Summer wind.

February winds light and uncertain.

March, no wind.....

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How great and manifold, O Lord, are the blessings which Thou, in Thy mercy, dost bestow on thy poor creatures. We have the Light of Heaven to guide us upon the Earth; and how unconscious are thy creatures of thy goodness, wisdom, and mercy. Thou sendest affliction but for a season; and send the light of Thy Countenance to guide, direct, and preserve us.

Being now under Thy shade, the Great Author of all, I commit my all to Thy gracious keeping and preservation.

My earthly goods I bestow to those whom nature

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and Thy Providence has left to my keeping.

To my son, Robert Douglas Donald, I leave all my landed estate; when he attains mature age to manage and direct its disposition. To my sisters, while unmarried, I leave half of the net annual proceeds of all wool from the Ahuriri Station. To Archibald John, my brother, quarter; to Alexander, quarter; until they can other-wise provide for themselves.

To my Aunts McColl, in Glasgow, £40 a year in succession to the last surviving one of them.

Two hundred a year for the education, board, and keep of my son until he is 21 years of age; care being taken to instruct him in the Protestant faith, and to acquire a good sound education, as becometh his position in society.

All just debts being duly discharged; and people's property confided to my charge, being restored to them. For instance,- W.S. Grahame, whom I leave as my executor.

Capt Stewart.....sheep.

J. Johnston.....sheep.


As witness my hand this 16 day of July 1861. Written on the Piako river,

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and in the humble hope that God may preserve my soul, I confide myself to His glorious keeping and mercy.

(Signed) Donald McLean.

Part of:
Diaries and notebooks, Reference Number MS-1241-1253 (12 digitised items)
Series 5 Diaries and notebooks, Reference Number Series 5 Diaries and notebooks (100 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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