Diary, 7-13 Aug 1844, 28 Nov 1844, 16 Dec 1846-9 Jan 1847, 17-19 Apr 1847
Reference Number: MS-1218. Object #1032658
Diary entries for 16 December 1846 through to 9 January 1847, and 17-19 April 1847, which includes detailed descriptions of activities around New Plymouth and at Maori settlements to the south (the 18-20 December portions of which are also copied into MS-1217). Included are long passages of reminiscences recounted to McLean by a Mr Bosworth whose trading post near Patea McLean stayed with for several days, from 22-24 December, on the way south. Bosworth had been living in New Zealand for 19 years and McLean was fascinated by his fund of stories. Included are loose pages with rough notes giving diary entries and lists of documents for late 1844.
135 pages written 7-13 Aug 1844, 28 Nov 1844, 16 Dec 1846-9 Jan 1847, 17-19 Apr 1847 by Sir Donald McLean in Taranaki Region to Henry Halse and Sir Donald McLean, related to New Plymouth District, South Taranaki District, Taranaki (Taranaki Iwi).
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Wednesday 16th. December 1846
The "Sarah Berry", cutter, from Kawia, arrived at New Plymouth. In the afternoon the mail from Auckland arrived, bringing letters to the 7th. inst. with instructions of a private nature, that I was to proceed to Wanganui if I heard of His Excellency, the Governor's arrival there.
Mr. and Mrs. Bollard, Mrs. Cooke, and Mr. and Mrs. Turton dined and spent the evening with me. It gave me a great deal of pleasure to see them meet at my place; as they had not (the ladies) been introduced to each other during their three years' residence in
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Taranaki; and I hope, though at such a distant period, it may be the commencement of friendship between the two clergymen's families of our little settlement.
Visited the Night Watches at 12 o'clock. Found the men all correct, on duty.
Thursday 17th. December 1846.
Made preparations to move down the coast, in case of delaying the Governor, should he arrive at Wanganui; and got my monthly abstracts handed to Capt. King. Horse purchased for the journey; and all ready, by stopping up that night. Having despatched Nairn in the forenoon with instructions to go along
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the coast, till he either heard or saw any vessel, or news of importance from the South, that would cause his return. Not desirous that any movements should be known in town. I did not engage natives for the journey; and with the utmost secrecy, got a few things packed. Three of the Police ready to go with me in the morning. Horse shod, and ready. Basil Taylor's clothing sent by natives to Manuapo. Having attended my usual Police duties, bathed with Mr. Bollard, wrote a note for the Governor's Private Secretary, in case he should call at New
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Plymouth; and had Mr. Webster the early part of the morning along with me; when I determined on taking Basil along with me, in case I should go on all the way, and had natives employed at daylight carrying his things.
Friday 18th. December 1846.
Started from my house at 5 in the morning; the men all ready, in waiting. Peter Marks, who I employed yesterday as a Policeman, instead of Paris, who goes to keep school for Mr. Bollard. With the natives, ready at my house,
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by 4 a.m. Being in the navy some time, I think the discipline he was under there will render him a useful efficient man, as I am told he does not want for courage, and behaved well during an affray with the Ngamotu natives at the early formation of the settlement. We got from town before anyone was out of bed, excepting a few early risers, and therefore saved the annoyance of being interrogated as to where I was going, leaving my movements as a matter of entire speculative surmise; of which, there was no doubt,
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plenty, after my departure, with some jocular remarks as to a further instance of McLean's mysterious movements.
Called at Mr. Turton's. Had coffee, bread and butter there, though I had an early breakfast at home.
Met Mr. Webster, who followed me part of the journey at Moturoa's. I left the key of the office with him, to be returned to me, instead of which he kept it at his house, and was obliged to send Law back from Tapuwai for it, where we stayed a few hours, and came on to
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Hauranga, where we slept comfortably for the night.
Saturday 19th. December 1846.
Law returned from town, bringing my Commission and Office key along with him. Pushed on to Warea, where we found Mr. Riemensnider in his new cottage, and a nice garden neatly laid dwon in front of it. Whilst there, Nairn returned with news that two vessels were seen off the Ngamu, one supposed to be the Brig.
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This caused me to delay till I should hear what instructions might be on board the Brig for me; and took advantage of the time to write out instructions for the Sergeant, and one or two letters
to the Colonial Secretary, to be forwarded by the Brig. I almost regret parting with Basil, but as my movements must be for the present, very uncertain, it is perhaps best he should spend his holidays at home. I think the boy is improved, though he is so hard to manage.
Diaries and notebooks, Reference Number MS-1215-1219 (5 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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