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GREY Sir George - Autograph Letter Signed 1861 leaving for New Zealand

  • £250.00

Sir George GREY (1812-1898)

 Autograph Letter Signed ("G Grey") to "My dear Sir Frederick", thanking him for his good wishes as he was about to leave the Cape Colony for his second term as Governor of New Zealand.

2½ pages 8vo, Government House, Cape Town, 22 July 1861.

"I must thank you for your letter of the 5th of June, wishing me success in New Zealand. I shall sail for Auckland in from ten days to a fortnight . . . when I am there I will exert myself to the utmost to do my duty, and to justify the confidence which the Colonial Office has reposed in me. I shall leave this country with great regret, as I see my way clearly to a great future for it, and cannot help fearing that unless it is very carefully guided, troubles will spring up in it again before long."

Grey was a particularly successful governor of the Cape Colony, with progressive ideas which were not always, indeed seldom, looked upon favourably by the government in London. When he left Cape Town to take up his post in New Zealand, he left his own collection of Mediaeval and Renaissance books and manuscripts to the National Library of South Africa.


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