Object #1001307 from MS-Papers-0032-0580
3 pages written 14 Nov 1866 by John Valentine Smith in Wellington City to Sir Donald McLean in Hawke's Bay Region and Napier City
From: Inward letters - Surnames, Smith, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0580 (30 digitised items).
Correspondents:John Valentine Smith, Wellington & Wairarapa, 1851-1872 (22 letters); R W Smith (to Wilson), Wanganui, 1857 (1 letter); Richard Smith, Auckland, 1868 (1 letter); S Percy Smith, Taranaki, 1862-1872 (4 letters); Thomas Smith, Patea, 1868 (1 letter); Thomas Dillon Smith, Shakespeare Road, 1866 (1 letter)Contains correspondence to McLean from a number of people, dealing principally with the purchase and resale of Maori land and related issues; in particular, there are a number of letters from John Valentine Smith of Castlepoint (later Masterton) to McLean with regard to Maori land purchases and related difficulties, and to the disposition of Wairarapa Maori towards the Government and towards the Kingitanga
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
14th Novr. 1866
My dear McLean,
As I have very lately come on here from the East Coast, I have thought that a line on Maori affairs from me would not be altogether unacceptable to you. I was at Motuwairaka, near Moore's Station, on the 8th at which date the armed Hau Haus under Wi Hapi, and Ngairo, were at Waikikino (W ereta's). It was believed at that time that they intended to go on by the coast to Porangahau but on my arrival at Mataikuna I learnt from the natives there that this plan had been abandoned. I was assured by the Mataikuna natives that there was no sympathy for these wretches north of Castle Point, and that from Wakataki, Mataikuna, Oahunga and Akitio nearly 60 men were ready to take up arms for the Government if called upon. On the 11th I returned to Wairarapa, and found that they had marched past Masterton on the morning of that day (Sunday) to their old camp at Kahunui, on the north bank of the Ruamahanga, about 2 1/2 miles from Masterton, and there they are now with pole erect and flags flying.
Their attitude may be described as semi-defiant for at the same time that they have exhibited their flags etc. and arms, they have respected the order of the Government that they were not to pass armed through our townships. I think it likely that they will leave the district soon and move probably to some other part where they think they may find an opportunity of doing mischief. You may however rest
satisfied that they will not enter your Province via Porangahau It is a pity we were not in a position to deal with these fellows as you have done with their fellow-wretches in your Province. Our great difficulty has been the presence of so many disaffected natives throughout Wairarapa, belonging to the district. You certainly did your work right well, and carried out to the letter the grand principle of striking only when it could be done thoroughly and decisively.
If things could be managed in all other parts of this Island as you have managed them in your Province, there would soon be an end to the war.
Believe me to remain
Your's very truly,
J. Valentine Smith.
His Honor D. McLean,
Inward letters - Surnames, Smith, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0580 (30 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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