edmondsallan --- This Journal is on Alfred . I have taken from our " Edmonds" info, they don't rhyme / their is no special order in our personal collection on the family Samuel at one time . was the senior watchman on all the family . I don't know the answer .
Alfred --- was fluent in the maori language . He was employed by the NZ Native Lands court , for Land settlements of all kinds, Court Appearences of Ordinary and titled Chief's . and many other tasks to do with our maori people up to 1869 when his Official NZ licence was cancelled . Samuel also used him in Native business dealings . Un fortuneately, he was a heavy drinker of spirits which caused him many marriage problems and up before the courts on violent Physical behaviour several times . Samuel paid his bail a number of times . He even says " Alfred " worries me . He might accidentally kill somebody one day." In 1870's Alfred was invovled in a very big law case invovled over a vessel This case went on for months & can still be seen on the law records as it set some predicents in NZ Law . The case was " Tutere Te Aru v Alfred Edmonds " I have the details from the archives . It is far to much to enter in this Journal . For all his faults , Samuel considered him to be a great asset to his business . Governor Grey used him as an interpretur several times when he was negotiating with the maori chiefs . The reason given is that both parties trusted him . He died from severe Liver & kidney ill health. I have printed these comments , not to be derogaty , but for others in our edmonds clan to see how some of our past relatives lived. The reunion book has good imformation on Alfred & his family , supplied to Verna Mossong from the Edmonds
family. This type of info plus more ,at the time was considered to
be not necessary to assist the Edmonds Family reunion . and time was needed to wipe away some harsh moments in our edmonds world Regards edmondsallan .