Object #1000441 from MS-Papers-0032-0551

2 pages written 2 Nov 1862 by Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Hamilton Russell in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - A H Russell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0551 (55 digitised items). 54 letters written from Hawkes Bay & Wellington, 1859-1873 & undated. Includes letters from McLean to Russell.

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2nd Nov. 1862

Dear MacLean

As I hear you are expected here and I am obliged to go to Mahia I write to say that Hapuku is reported to me as having committed a gross outrage upon one of T. Chapman's men at Pokawa - assaulting the man - stopping the road - taking possession of his Horse and Cart and keeping them for two days, etc. -

As I feel sure he would not obey a summons and would most likely resist the enforcement I think it unwise to take that line without knowing more than I do at this moment of the state of affairs in other parts of the Colony -

As however I know he hopes to receive money from you and is pretty sure to hasten in upon your arrival I should be glad if you would show him no countenance until he has made amends for this gross conduct.

Whilst calling himself a Queens man he commits acts that the King men would not dream of -

I have requested Cooper to look into the matter and report to me for the Governors information - He will tell you how the case stands - I have written to Hapuku on the subject through Cooper - I hope to be back about the 25th Inst.

Yours very truly
A. H. Russell

Part of:
Inward letters - A H Russell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0551 (55 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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