RC2009/2/01 - 08 Oct 1896

Auckland 8th Oct 1896

Dear Sir
Allow me to express the pleasure it gave me to inspect your valuable collection of paintings representing so many Maori Chiefs. I can testify to the faithfulness of the likenesses of those I knew in days gone by. It was my fortune to know Tamati Waka Nene so long ago as 1845 at Hokianga when he did war against Heke before we had any troops to put in the field. It may interest you to knows that Waka Nene was the recipient (of a valuable silver presentation) from the Queen in recognition of his faithful services- which is thus inscribed:

The Queen of England
To Her Loyal Subject
And Friend
Na Tamati Waka Nene

June, 1861
as you will see by the enclosed photograph of the presentation which pray accept from me.
Yours faithfully,
J Logan Campbell
Mr H E Partridge

NB - Mr Swanson at our joint inspection of your paintings was equally struck by the faithfulness of the
likenesses of those he had known and as you expressed a wish to have his testimony to the fact he
appends his signature hereto.
Wm Swanson

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  • Caroline McBride

    At 10am on 15 June 2011

    I have investigated the lives of William John Swainson (1789-1855), William Swainson (1809-1884)and William Swanson (1819-1903)and it would seem that in this case it was very definitely William Swanson who was being referred to as he was the only one living at the time of the correspondence - 1896.

  • /62 - ASD

    At 1pm on 15 March 2011

    In connection with the letter dated 8th Oct 1896 are the typed references to "William Swanson" anything to do with William Swainson?

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