Spencer, Frederick Hamilton
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MSS. Brit. Emp. S. 18 / C147-221
34 Wilkinson St
In great haste
Te Wheoro and I found Mr Forst at home this evening (he has however gone away again and will be about sometime …). His address will be
Isle of Wight
He had a talk together he says he will move that the whole maori question be gone into next October as Lord Derby says nothing more can be done till a reply is received from NZ. Lord Derby also says that an audience with the queen is impossible. Mr Gorst says that it is most essential that Te Wheoro remains by himself until the reply is received and Tawhiao is going to talk it over with the others tonight.
Mr Gorst warmly approves of your idea of a letter strong by courteous being written to Lord Derby.
I herewith enclose an account I shall gladly continue my services in interpreting anything important and free, unless too much time is taken up, in which case if I have to employ a substitute here I shall look for something, and after Thursday I shall do what I can for the maoris till they leave.
I beg to remain etc
Fred H Spencer
I will see the maoris tomorrow morning and will let you know their decision.