Object #1001075 from MS-Papers-0032-0201
4 pages written 15 Oct 1870 by James H Campbell to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - James H Campbell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0201 (46 digitised items).
45 letters written from Waiapu, Gisborne, Tauranga, Opotiki, Te Awanui, Wynnestead (East Tamaki), Doon Side, `Star of the South' (Kawa Kawa), and several undated.
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
October 15th. 1870.
My dear McLean,
I wrote you too long letters last month which with several others of some importance were lost together with the mail man who was drowned in making the attempt to cross the Waiapu river. I have forwarded to the Under Secretary a summary of the contents of the several letters as nearly as I could. I mentioned in my letter to you that a good deal of discussion has been going on lately among the Natives on the ever troublesome question of Land. I have been twice at Kawa Kawa to attend meetings and endeavoured as much as possible to keep everything smooth. The petitions which they forwarded to Government through me are lost and if they wish it they must draw them up afresh. I have reported the present state of things briefly to the U. Secretary. One party desires a Lands Court the other does not. Iharaima and Wiki are undoubtedly the large landowners and say that if they desire a Lands Court no one has a right to interfere with them. The others are afraid that the establishment of real claims will in a great measure swamp their pretensions. Morgan's position at Hooera is an unfortunate one. I advised him strongly to come back to Waiapu but he is obstinate. Wiki and he cannot be friends and it would be better that they should place a
greater distance between them. He has scarcely any one with him except the few Rongowhakata from Turanga and they are anxious to be allowed to get back. He claimed Horoera by right of conquest as he told me the other day that Hakopa te Haroi the Hau Hau chief had given it to him when he was taken at HungaHungaturoa. Some others who have claims there say that they wont go to live there till Morgan leaves it. I enclose a letter from him. All are in great hopes of a visit from you soon which will do a great deal of good. They are anxious that some notice should be given previous to your coming so that as many as possible could meet you.
Inward letters - James H Campbell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0201 (46 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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