Object #1000149 from MS-Papers-0032-0183

4 pages written 7 Apr 1860 by Sir Thomas Robert Gore Browne to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Sir Thomas Gore Browne (Governor), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0183 (75 digitised items). 70 letters, 1855-1860

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April 7 1860


My dear McLean,

I have just had a long interview with Katipa who professes his old regard for me and assures me of his unflinching loyalty.

He says he has given a piece of land to Mansel for the church (on the banks of the Awaroa) and that the King party

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say they will seize his land on the other side of the Waikato in payment etc. etc.

He further recommends us to build a stockade at Waiuku for the Defence of the settlers but when I offered to pay for his erecting a Pah said he could not do so without entailing the enmity of the Waikatos. He wants us to build a stockade which I decline as

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being too far from our supports. Katipa says Smith is gone up the Waikato too soon that he will only see Potatou, his advisers and a few others but that in a short time there will be the greatest meeting of natives ever held in N. Z.: that he and every other chief is invited and that he will go.

He says we ought to have somebody to attend it and Richmond

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and I think you should be there.

Katipa speaks doubtfully of the course the Waikatos will pursue but thinks no serious war will take place till after the meeting.

I regret to tell you that the list of chiefs killed at Taranaki is said to be fabulous. Several specially the Principal chief of the Ngatiruanuis and Kukutai of the the Taranakis are alive. If this is true it is very sad.

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April 7 1860


My dear McLean,

I have just had a long interview with Katipa who professes his old regard for me and assures me of his unflinching loyalty.

He says he has given a piece of land to Mansel for the church (on the banks of the Awaroa) and that the King party say they will seize his land on the other side of the Waikato in payment etc. etc.

He further recommends us to build a stockade at Waiuku for the Defence of the settlers but when I offered to pay for his erecting a Pah said he could not do so without entailing the enmity of the Waikatos. He wants us to build a stockade which I decline as being too far from our supports. Katipa says Smith is gone up the Waikato too soon that he will only see Potatou, his advisers and a few others but that in a short time there will be the greatest meeting of natives ever held in N. Z.: that he and every other chief is invited and that he will go.

He says we ought to have somebody to attend it and Richmond and I think you should be there.

Katipa speaks doubtfully of the course the Waikatos will pursue but thinks no serious war will take place till after the meeting.

I regret to tell you that the list of chiefs killed at Taranaki is said to be fabulous. Several specially the Principal chief of the Ngatiruanuis and Kukutai of the the Taranakis are alive. If this is true it is very sad. We are getting ourselves into a State of defence but in spite of every precaution the alarm may almost be called a panic.

People are coming in from the country and nothing pacifies them.

You will see a letter of mine to the Supn. in the N. Zealander on the subject.

Besides the Europeans are threatening the natives and doing all the mischief they can.

Believe me,
Yours sincerely,
T.G.B.
After an interview with Judge Martin I wrote an autograph letter to Potatou assuring him that I had no intention of "trampling on the chiefs and dealing with his fellows" as I am accused of. I sent it to Smith to be used or not as he finds convenient.

Part of:
Inward letters - Sir Thomas Gore Browne (Governor), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0183 (75 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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