18th May 1883
I got up here last night all right & was to go on to our camp today. We started with two buggies but came to grief, smashing the axle, after hair-breadth adventures.
However we go on with a waggon tomorrow morning & I hope reach our destination before night. Mr Hickson goes down tomorrow morning much against his will. His being away will put us back a good bit.
He expects to make £100 a week up here for a bit – I hope he will. I hope Father won’t press about that money if they don’t give it him at once. Mr H. seems quite jammed for money just now & I would not like to put him about if I could help it at all.
This is not a bad place but very full of Maoris. The Law Court is sitting & they are all in to it. The King was here on Tuesday & Wednesday, very drunk most of the time.
I saw Jim Warner at Hamilton. He says he is getting along fine & does not in the least regret his “mistake”. He is proving a beaut.
I have not time for more so close with love to you and A. when you see her.
My address will be
C/o G. McLean Esq.
Yours as ever
Mail goes very seldom from where I am, so don’t expect too many letters.