Object #1001014 from MS-Papers-0032-0243

2 pages written 11 May 1865 by Samuel Deighton

From: Inward letters - Samuel Deighton, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0243 (74 digitised items). 74 letters written from Wanganui, Wairoa and Chatham Islands, 1859-1873, and undated. Includes plan for a court house.

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May 11th. 1865


My dear Sir

Everything is pretty quiet here now - but I was awoke last night at about 12 oclock by the night patrol with a most alarming report to the effect that the Hau Haus had all returned to Matiti mustering about 400 men that the war dance had been danced and that an immediate attack was expected, the cause of which was on account of some silly rumour that had some how got abroad that I had sent or was going to send some Pakeha among them to take likenesses of the pricipal chiefs that they might be recognized at some future time and be apprehended. I have despatched messengers up to Matiti to find out what truth there is in the affair but they have not yet returned, but from what I can at present learn it appears to be a fabrication from beginning to end.

The Natives here are much dissatisfied with Dr. Scott having no medicine and have complained to me about it. Dr. Scott tells me he has sent on the requisition some time ago and he believes the medicines are at the Chemists. I have mentioned the subject to you at the request of the Natives

I am My dear Sir
faithfully yours
S. Deighton.

Part of:
Inward letters - Samuel Deighton, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0243 (74 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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