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MSS. Brit. Emp. S. 22 / G99 Vol 1 – 48
25 November 1884
I am directed by the Earl of Derby to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 19th instant, and to thank you for the information which it contains respecting the Maori Chief Major Te Wheoro.
His Lordship desires me to transmit to you a copy of a letter which he has caused to be addressed to Te Wheoro in connection with his proposed departure from England.
Your obedient servant,
Was fully approved by the government, and by friends of the maories in this country. Lord Derby therefore very kindly caused the following letter (a copy of which has been sent to us) to be written to Te Wheoro:
25 November 1884
I am directed by the Earl of Derby to acquaint you that his lordship is informed that you propose in consequence of ill health to return to New Zealand on the 3rd of December if satisfied that your absence from England would in no way affect the decision on the case of the Memorial of the Maori chiefs which was presented at this office on the 22nd of July.
This Lordship desires me to express his regret at the cause which is understood to have obliged you to leave England and his hope that no lasting ill effects will remain from your sojourn in this country.
I am further to state that should a reply from the New Zealand government be received previous to your departure, to Lord Derby’s despatch transmitting the Memorial a copy will be duly communicated to you lest that your absence from England at the time of the receipt of the reply will not prevent due consideration on the part of Her Majesty’s Government to any statements that may be advanced by the government of New Zealand.
(signed) John Bramston
Major Te Wheoro