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Historical Records of New Zealand Vol. II.

Clendon to Secretary of State

Clendon to Secretary of State.

United States Consulate
Bay of Islands New Zealand
April 20, 1841.



In consequence of my present residence being so distant from the seat of commerce in New Zealand, I find that it will be hereafter impossible for me to give that personal attention to the duties of the Consulate which they require.

I have therefore the honor to request that my resignation of the office may be accepted by the United States Government and to recommend to its consideration William Mayhew Esquire, Whom I have appointed Vice Consul, a Citizen of the United States, and a Merchant of the highest respectability, as a gentleman qualified in every respect to fulfil the duties of Consul.

In offering my resignation I beg to assure you that I feel deeply impressed with the honor conferred on me by the United States Government.

I have the honor to be


Your Most Obedient Servant

James R. Clendon

To the Honble John Forsyth
Secretary of State &c &c &c
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