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MSS. Brit. Emp. S. 18 / C146-18
6 Oct 1883
Dear Mr Chesson,
I walked round your office this morning and slipped half a dozen copies of my letter to Mr King through the door. I write to apprise you because as they were only loosely wrapped up, they might happen to be thrown into the wastepaper basket.
My Australia is not published, but as I have done with the corrections the further proceedings are in the publishers hands and I have nothing to do with them, having held aloof from the from the first.
I have told them that bearing New Guinea in mind … they might as well lose no time.
Bryce threatened a criminal pros at first, a man gave notice of motion for a sum on the estimates to pay the cost, but the day before it was to be moved Bryce asked him to withdraw or not to move it, he having reluctantly resolved to prosecute civilly. I must have a talk with you about the matter which is to prolific for a note.
I have seen statements that Tawhiao is coming to England. He has been a pitiable drunkard for some time and is not a worthy object of support. Rewi is too old for such a journey. Wahamri, the fittest representative of Maori manhood cannot I suppose absent himself, and perhaps knows that the stolid and heartfelt politeness he might meet in Downing Street would do his countrymen no good.
I have never been able to hear how Mrs Selwyn or Lady Martin think of my book, and this is somewhat of a grief to me.