Object #1000186 from MS-Papers-0032-0022

1 page written 14 Dec 1868 by Sir Donald McLean

From: Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0022 (82 digitised items). Comprises correspondence, memoranda and reports from December 1868, relating to the military campaign against Te Kooti.Includes letters from Maori such as Rapata Wahawaha regarding ammunitions

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Decr. 14th, 1868

My dear Richmond,

I have asked Carlyon to get the ammunition on board at once that no delay may take place.

Two tons of biscuit are being shipped.

Would you approve of a strong expedition being sent up from the Wairoa to cut off enemy before getting to Puketapu, if so the Sturt would move party from here to cooperate with Wairoa Natives. It is clear that even a suspension of hostilities cannot be indulged in now till the enemy is fairly routed. To avoid any unfounded rumours I have sent to the paper the substance of your telegram.

The Wairoa Natives are quite ready for an expedition. I trust Whitmore will give a good account of the enemy.

There is no news from the South of any importance.

I would suggest for your consideration that it might be politic to spare all Prisoners coming from Kooti as that would weaken him sooner than anything while if they meet the same fate as he accords then of the two alternatives they might prefer remaining with Kooti. The St.Kilda may be expected in a day or two.

Let me know what you think of movement from the Wairoa

I remain
Yours sincerely (Sigd.)
Donald McLean
I am delighted you reinforced old Ihaka so quickly.

Part of:
Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0022 (82 digitised items)
Series 7 Official papers, Reference Number Series 7 Official papers (3737 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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