Object #1000056 from MS-Papers-0032-0221

7 pages written 24 Jul 1852 by Hori Niania in Waipukurau to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0221 (43 digitised items). 45 letters written from Church Mission Station, Waitangi (Hawke's Bay), Waipukurau & Napier, 1850-1865. Includes letters in Maori, and letters from McLean to Colenso. Also memoranda of a conversation which took place between Rev H Williams and Colenso on 10 Aug 1839. Maori correspondents include Wiremu Tipuna; Hori Niania; Te Hapuku, Hinepaketia, Ani Te Patukaikino, Hoani & Hori.

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TRANSLATION. Waipukurau.

July 24th. 1852.

To McLean,

The Governor, Greeting! My address to you is this, - What we have to say - Te Hapuku and us - is in reference to the land which Te Wiremu Potangaroa has sold to you, ours as well as his, viz. - that it was through us, the natives of Heretaunga, that you were enabled to purchase it.

In the same manner it may be through them that the Wairarapa may be bought. In reference to this latter, we propose £5000, and £600. If you agree to this there is but little doubt that we may accomplish the Wairarapa in the same way as the floods sweep obstacles into the sea.

I have another thing to say in the shape of an accusation. What I am now going to reveal to you is strictly true. Mr. Golenso has committed adultery with a native woman of our tribe. Her name is Ripeka. If anybody should say it is false, don't you believe them. It is quite true. I could not make a false oath; and since because it is true, I have written you this letter, that you may hear. If any white people should bring the report, don't disbelieve it. Our thoughts are yours in reference to this matter. If you choose to make a great matter of it; or if, on the contrary; well. Our own thoughts however, are inclined towards making a great matter of it; and to distinguish between right and wrong; and because he also has endeavoured to keep us down, and he to raise himself up.

Let not his misfortune and evil fall upon us.
(Signed) Na Hori Niania.

Part of:
Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0221 (43 digitised items)
Series 1 Inward letters (English), Reference Number Series 1 Inward letters (English) (14501 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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