Object #1001639 from MS-Papers-0032-0012

2 pages written 5 May 1860 by Sir Donald McLean in Raglan

From: Secretary, Native Department - War in Taranaki and Waikato and King Movement, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0012 (33 digitised items). Includes papers on Maori intelligence gathering for the Crown and a letter in between Maori discussing preparation for conflict

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Raglan

5 May 1860



Sir,

I have the honor to report to Your Excellency that two of the Kawhia chiefs have come up to Raglan to request that some of the Europeans should not be removed from there.

It is evident they wished to make Kawhia a King port, to levy duty on all vessels entering it, and to submit the Europeans there to Maori law and outrage.

I told the chiefs that their conduct was such that I had advised your Excellency that all the Europeans should be removed from Kawhia that I felt certain Your Excellency would not permit British subjects to be under Maori dominion that their late conduct fully justified their being deprived of the advantages of trade, and that as they could offer no guarantee

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for the safety of the Europeans that my advice to the latter was that they should abandon the place.

Kingi Kihokoi of the Ngatihikairo and Wiremu Kumete of the Ngatimahuta two men of some influence assured me that they could not answer for the acts of others but that they should individually do their utmost to protect the Europeans from outrage.

I frankly informed them that they had not prevented late outrages therefore that their professions of friendship influenced as they were by mercenary motives would not justify me in advising any European to remain in Kawhia.

(unsigned)
D. McLean
's handwriting

English (ATL)

Raglan

5 May 1860



Sir,

I have the honor to report to Your Excellency that two of the Kawhia chiefs have come up to Raglan to request that some of the Europeans should not be removed from there.

It is evident they wished to make Kawhia a King port, to levy duty on all vessels entering it, and to submit the Europeans there to Maori law and outrage.

I told the chiefs that their conduct was such that I had advised your Excellency that all the Europeans should be removed from Kawhia that I felt certain Your Excellency would not permit British subjects to be under Maori dominion that their late conduct fully justified their being deprived of the advantages of trade, and that as they could offer no guarantee for the safety of the Europeans that my advice to the latter was that they should abandon the place.

Kingi Kihokoi of the Ngatihikairo and Wiremu Kumete of the Ngatimahuta two men of some influence assured me that they could not answer for the acts of others but that they should individually do their utmost to protect the Europeans from outrage.

I frankly informed them that they had not prevented late outrages therefore that their professions of friendship influenced as they were by mercenary motives would not justify me in advising any European to remain in Kawhia.

(unsigned)
D. McLean
's handwriting

Part of:
Secretary, Native Department - War in Taranaki and Waikato and King Movement, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0012 (33 digitised items)
Series 7 Official papers, Reference Number Series 7 Official papers (3737 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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