Object #1000598 from MS-Papers-0032-0486

5 pages written 7 May 1873 by John Davies Ormond in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0486 (119 digitised items). 112 letters written from Wairoa, Wellington, Napier, 1873-1876. Includes letter from D M Luckie to Ormond, Nov 1875; Ormond to Fox, Mar 1876; Carlyon to Ormond.

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May 7th, 1873

My dear McLean,

I have not a great deal to write about this mail. Yesterday I got the opinion of the Attorney General about the Napier Swamp Bill which I am sorry to see is adverse. If it could have been done by the Prov: Council it wd. have saved us a lot of trouble in the Assembly as we shall now have to try to get a Bill through there. The Napier people are very anxious about it.

You are also sending me I am glad to see the Attorney General's opinion re the position of Blocks required or leased from Natives where one or more interests remain unsecured. As yet no steps have been taken to try joint occupancy but I still hear it is meant to do so. I think the Natives are getting rather frightened at the feeling they have aroused in the Europeans and rather hang back from trying definite issues such as they know that would be. The Waimarama meeting passed off quietly enough I am sending you a copy of the notes Hamlin took. Henare Matua's resolutions are great nonsense but show that the desire is to get up a Maori national movement. Rev. S. Williams was at the Meeting he tells me the Natives would soon drop all the mischief they are at, if they were not constantly incited by Russell and Sheehan. The natives asked Williams most absurd questions as to the bad doings of the Govt. (you and I being the parties meant), for instance they asked Williams whether it was not our doing to bring the Registrar office to Hawkes Bay in order that mortgages might be effected - also whether we did not bring the sheriff there to force land to be sold and heaps of similar nonsense. It is difficult to believe any European can be so shameless but of course this is all that scoundrel'Russell's doing and in little Sheehan he has found a fitting help. The only piece of Native bounce that has occurred since I last wrote was a notice from Henare Matua to Meinertzhagen to leave the Waimarama Run which is leased for twenty one years. I believe he sent word to Henare that if he found him near his place he wd. kick him off. Altogether things are not in a nice state here, the Natives are in a bad frame of mind but at the same time are I think afraid of the ill feeling they have excited. The Europeans have also a general bitter feeling against the Natives and it wd. take little to cause a difference which might end in loss of life. Many Europeans are pressing claims for old debts and they cannot be blamed as the natives hand over all their affairs to Russell and Sheehan who try to evade every liability. Report says H. Russell is preparing to get away before the Session comes on. He told McHardie a day or two ago that he was positively going to Europe next month - if so we shd. soon get things to rights and I most sincerely hope the retch will go. If he does not the Govt. will have seriously to consider whether some action must not be taken to check his dangerous action. The funds subscribed at Waimarama amounted to only £130 altho' it is said Karaitiana and Renata have promised another £100 each but even so that does not promise a very abundant harvest to little Sheehan. He is an active mischievous little scoundrel, without a shadow of principle and it wd. be a good thing if he could be prevented from returning here. Do you think anything could be done in that way. Now that the money falls short he will not be so eager to return, I expect, and if there is any way of bringing pressure to bear on him at Auckland it wd. he well to get it done - perhaps Pollen might know who could and if it can be done it would be a great blow to the agitation and mischief going on here. Will you see about this and if possible get something done. Perhaps Whittaker might help but Pollen will know. Enclosed are a couple of copies of the Herald containing "an un-authorized" version of Sheehan's speech made at Paki Paki. It seems the Speech that Russell published has been extensively circulated among the Natives and taken well with them. So I amused myself one evening with writing another version which is being translated and will be also circulated among the Natives. Of course I am not known or seen in it but I think it will have its effect. Send one copy up to Auckland and get it put into the Southern Cross it will give Sheehan a lift up there.

Several people here wish that a reliable translation of Sheehan's Speech from the Maori which I sent you should be made. It is said there are expressions in it which are most inflammatory and not fairly rendered in the English translation. Will you have it translated and send me a copy of the translation.

I have just seen an account the Papers have recd. by telegram of an attempt to murder "Mackay" at Te Kuiti. It does not look well and the Sullivan murder will be made the most of at the approaching session.

I am calling the Prov. Council for an early day next month there will be a balance in hand at the end of the year of over £30,000.

Always Yours very truly,
J. D. Ormond.

Have you heard that a large party of West Coast natives chiefly from Ngatiraukawa are on their way to visit Henare Matua to take up the "Maori Committee" movement. S. Williams tells me about 200 of them are expected.

Will Richardson call for Tenders for our Railway as soon as I send the Plans which will go by next mail

Part of:
Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0486 (119 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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