Letter and Huia Feather, William Colenso

Production date
17 Jul 1886

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A letter written by William Colenso with an envelope, newspaper clipping, huia feather and two labels:

a) A letter written by William Colenso to John Burtton, Kumeroa, addressed and dated Napier, 17 July 1886. The letter, written in reply to a letter from John Burtton received 12 July, thanks him for the deformed huia's bill that he had sent him. William Colenso states that he will have much pleasure in showing it at a meeting of the New Zealand Institute. William Colenso requests that John Burtton send him other items from among the insects, the mosses and ferns, and small plants, shrubs and trees, that are peculiar to his neighbourhood. He states that a few postage stamps are enclosed for this purpose.

b) An envelope addressed to: Mr John Burtton, Settler, Kumeroa. The top right corner of the envelope has been ripped out and is missing. On the back is a postmark and various notes and scribbles in black ink and pencil.

c) A newspaper clipping attributed to The Daily Telegraph, dated 6 November 1962. The article is titled: Colenso paper now in Hawke's Bay Museum. The article describes the acquisition of the letter and a signed copy of a booklet containing extracts from the Transactions of the New Zealand Institute, Volume X.

d) A huia feather.

e) Label describing the letter and booklet.

f) Label about the huia feather.
Production technique
Media/Materials description
Handwritten on paper with black ink.
Huia feather.
Height x Width: 202 x 125mm
Height x Width: 80 x 138mm
Approximately: Height x Width: 150 x 50mm
Length x Width: 202 x 126mm
Length x Width: 31 x 123mm
Length x Width: 27 x 110mm
NZ / WOODVILLE / 20 JY 86, Stamp, Stamped
Daily Telegraph / 6.11.62, Inscription, Handwritten
W. Colenso., Signature, Handwritten
Subject period
Subject date
17 Jul 1886
Display location
Current rights
Credit line
gifted by Miss A M Andersen
Other number(s)
m62/46, 57821

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