RC2009/2/04 - 26 Jan 1897

Rotorua Jan 26th 1897

Dear Mr Partridge
Kindly send us two blocks for pipes ready bored as it takes the old chap a heap of time to perform that little operation (straighten stem thus (drawing)), I have written to Mr Josiah Martin the photographer telling him that I should very much like him to see your unique and valuable collection of Maori Portraits; for Martin, like myself, takes a great deal of interest in Maori carvings, tatoos, & c- houses. I would deem it a favour confired on myself if you will kindly permit him to inspect your paintings.
I remain
Faithfully yours,
Charles E. Nelson

PS. Should you not get my short biographical sketches of your deceased aboriginals as early as expected, dont think that I have forgotten them. CEN


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