Object #1001748 from MS-Papers-0032-0048

1 page written 23 Jul 1870 by an unknown author in Te Teko to Wellington

From: Minister of Colonial Defence - East Coast hostilities, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0048 (47 digitised items). Includes correspondence between iwi advising each other of their planned intentions and strategies for dealing with warring iwi and from Lucy Grey regarding events in Taranaki

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True Copy. (signed)
J. Stevens
. Te Teko

July 23rd. 1870.


I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your telegram of the 21st. inst. saying that complaints have been made that Capt. Mair and myself have been advising the natives against surrendering at Wairoa.

I beg strongly to urge that a ''Court of Enquiry'' be instructed to sift the matter to the bottom, without which I should be unable to clear myself of this scandalous and malicious report, which, if left unnoticed, would seriously damage my character as an Officer; and if true, render me unfit to hold the position I do.

I hear from private sources that this report has been freely circulated about Napier.

I can but give my most unqualified denial of the charge, and request that the Government will have the matter thoroughly investigated.

I have forwarded a copy of your telegram to Captain Mair, as the charges contained therein, reflect on him as well as myself.

George Preece, Capt.
Commanding Te Teko. To:- The Hon. The Defence Minister Wellington

Part of:
Minister of Colonial Defence - East Coast hostilities, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0048 (47 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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