Object #1001135 from MS-Papers-0032-0546

3 pages written 6 May 1847 by Rev William Ronaldson in Wanganui to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - W Ronaldson, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0546 (10 digitised items). Ten letters written from Wanganui, London and Papawai, 1847-1862. Includes letter written by W Ronaldson to his father, J J Ronaldson of London, Feb 1862.

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6th. May 1847.

Dr. Sir,

I suppose as you have heard of the dreadful and barbarous murder so lately committed here you will be rather anxious to hear how the natives are behaving themselves and although I feel very sorry to say that the principal man who has induced the Taua to come down from Pukehika to seek a payment for the men hung, is one of Mr. Taylors principal and best Teachers, still I feel very happy to say that as yet the feelings of most of them have been decidedly in favour of the Europeans. Puke hika is the Chief Pa of the rebels. Patiarero a Pa opposite is next and with the exception of gathering a few here and there no other Pa has entered boldly into the contest - they all remain friendly.

Putiki has indeed shown itself deserving of much praise and I doubt not the Gov. will approve of their conduct. Truly the remark in your journal of a visit to Taupo is verified daily here viz. the want of more such men in the cause of Christ as Mr. Taylor nothing is so well calculated to subdue the fiery spirit of the Natives - as for powder and shot the so much desired way of the Europeans in general it does but excite them more let us pray than to the Lord of the harvest that he will send labourers to work in his vineyards and that we may have grace sufficient to walk in the straight and narrow path is believe me My dear Sir the sincere prayer of

Yours very truly,
Wm. Ronaldson.
D. McLean Esq. J. P.

Part of:
Inward letters - W Ronaldson, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0546 (10 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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