Object #1000762 from MS-Papers-0032-0383
3 pages written 13 Nov 1868 by Colonel Charles Lambert in Wairoa to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - Colonel Charles Lambert, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0383 (33 digitised items).
32 letters written from Hawkes Bay - Lambertsford, Waipawa, Napier, Wairoa, 1864-1869, undated
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
13th. Novr. 1868.
I am in receipt of your note of Saturday some of the women and children will leave, I shall do all I can to restore confidence the Ngatiporous are unsettled and our Europeans are a set of Drunkards - this is pay day but all right - I shall be able to hold my own and shall if I can get in old Ihaka, I am not surprised at the reverses we sustain when I see the Material our Forces are made of I have closed the Public Houses and yet have half the men Drunk, this must be remedied before we can do anything with the Maoris. I am sorry for poor Biggs he deserved a better fate, this is fearful oh those Prisoners what has their escape done for us. I have had to issue to the Ngatiporous nearly double Rations, the Chiefs come very often to meals and I am obliged to ask them, I suppose they will be paid for, I have stopped some of the men from leaving, and have no fear for the place but can get no information of the Enemy Scouting not in favour, I have told Carroll that for any information which proves to be true Govt. will pay - in haste,
Yours very truly,
Inward letters - Colonel Charles Lambert, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0383 (33 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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