Te Wheoro, Wiremu
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MSS. Brit. Emp. S. 22 / G99 Vol 1 – 38
10 Wilkinson Street
26 August 1884
F.W. Chesson Esq
I send you these papers No. 1 and No. 2 and the one you sent by Skidmore if you wish to put it in the papers you can see weather its right or wrong from your faithfully
Wiremu Te Wheoro
1. Tawhiao requested me to send to the press his farewell words to his friends in England on his return to New Zealand.
To my dear friends the gentry who have cherished me and my companions and who have invited us with great hospitality on our reaching this distant land. May you and your wives and your children live. I am returning to my race and to my land with the blessing of God who … me and my friends across the great oceans to see you and to know the thoughts of the great nation, so I am sending you my farewell greeting.
2. Dwell here in your own land among your own people and may God who has shewn me kindness keep you. The kindness and love you have shewn us your friends will not be lost, although the heads of the direction of affairs have nevertheless we have been loved by you, we hope seen the goodness and the peacefulness of all the nation with their wives and children. Oh my dear friends, the outcome of goodness never … from this, see Matthew v 6-10. In conclusion, I am glad on my departure because I have known and learnt … which have been so evidence to me in this country.
Fairwell, from Te Wheoro