The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 32
Auckland, New Zealand, October 7th, 1865 Captain George Beadon, R.N. Taunton
October 7th, 1865Captain George Beadon, R.N. Taunton
My dear Sir,
Mrs. Coloned Chaoman.
Immediately on reading your letter, he said he recollected your writing to him, receiving the power of attorney, acting on it, and writing you all the particulars of the case, and that he had the papers somewhere, and would hand them to me; at the same time, he assured me he feared your case was a hopeless one. He has several thousand acres of land in the same district, and would not give sixpence for his claim. The land is in the enemy's country, and if Cormack had not waived your claim, there is no ascertaining where the property is, as the surveyers will not venture into the interior; added to which, if this were accomplished, no one could be got to take possession of it, and hold the land. I wont again a few days since, and have now in the house the papers relative to the matter, your power of attorney, and letter from you to Mr. Whitaker, another from Messrs. Burnet and Kean, and the copies of the information he sent home to you in July, 1859. This letter must have miscarried, as I can vouch for more than one of mine since we came out here.
The reason of my now writing is, if I copy the information which Mr. Whitaker gleaned and sent to you, and enclosed the papers to Albert Jackson, he cannot get them before this mail leaves for England, time enough to write to you by this mail. To save time page 10 I thought it would be best to write to you direct, and write to him to inform him what I have done. If you think of going to law with Mr. George Graham, or Cormack, I am sure you may trust Mr. Whitaker, ho bears so high a character; and, since he resigned being Attorney-General, he has returned to his profession. Mr. 'Whitaker begged I would copy the papers relative to your claim, as he wished to keep the original, in case the matter is gone into again, although I am sorry to tell you, he considers it is sending good money after bad.
Believe me, my dear Sir, yours faithfully
Antonia M. Chapman.