ARRIVAL OF THE NOURMAHAL
The new Zealander December 7th 1859
Nourmahal,Capt BRAYLEY, which has been some
time looked for, hove in sight on Monday and rounded the North Head at
For a ship of her high class, she has made rather a
lengthened passage having been 106 days from the Downs whence she sailed on 21 August, the
Pilot taking his leave at the Start on 24th.
Had light winds down Channel and all the way to
To Captain Lewis C BRAYLEY, of the ship Nourmahal
Dear Sir As we have every prospect of being in Auckland Harbour tomorrow, which is the Sabbath, we embrace the opportunity before arriving in port of congratulating you on the successful termination of so long a voyage as is that from England to NZ and we do so with special reference to your position and conduct as Commander of a large passenger vessel. It has given us the greatest confidence to witness your diligence and skill in the management and direction of the affairs of your ship and especially your watchful care when it was more particularly required, the roughest weather always finding you at your post. And in connection with the faithful and conscientious discharge of your duties as Commander, we have great pleasure in bearing our testimony to your readiness and ability to arrange the affairs and meet all the reasonable wants of the passengers under your charge. We shall ever have a lively recollection of your uniform kindness and hospitality as well as your courteousness and gentlemanly propriety; these with your other excellent qualities, we think render you specially adapted for the onerous and responsible position you hold and, with the many others you have already received, we feel a pleasure in writing our assurances of appreciation of your character and conduct and though we shall be soon again separated for our several spheres of duty in the world we shall look back with esteem for and gratitude to you as the instrument in the order of Divine Providence in safety conducting us to this distant land. Sincerely desiring for you and yours every happiness and ..ing,
We are, Dear Sir, Respectfully yours [Here follow all the names of the passengers]
to Captain BRAYLEY on the ship Nourmahal coming to anchor in
Gentlemen, I sincerely thank you for the very handsome testimonial you have presented me with at the termination of our passage. I shall ever look back with pleasure to the many pleasant hours spent in your society. I wish you every happiness and trust you may soon more than realise your anticipations in this your new and adopted home.
I have the honour to be, Gentlemen, your obedient servant, Lewis C BRAYLEY.