Object #1001958 from MS-Papers-0032-0317

3 pages written 13 Mar 1861 by Henry Halse in Waiuku to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0317 (50 digitised items). 50 letters written from Waiuku, Whangarei, Wellington, New Plymouth. Includes some undated and incomplete letters; also letters from McLean to Halse

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Note: For His Excellency's perusal. Don. McLean, 15 March, 61.


March 13, /61.

My dear Sir,

Several natives are here from Maungatautari, and return tomorrow. They brought wheat and flour which realized £120 - a sum paid to them yesterday, and spent this day in the purchase of the usual articles, viz., blankets, prints, shawls, tobacco, etc. etc. I have had some conversation with these natives in the hope of hearing from them the ''take'' of their hostility to Government, and learn they have been told by their chiefs that the Governor's intention is to seize the whole of the country for which purpose the war at Taranaki was commenced. Into the King movement I need not enter, as it will be obvious from the above that unless some practical step is taken to restore confidence, or unless something as yet unforseen occurs to avert it, a general insurrection is as likely an event as any that can be imagined. I was very glad to see the circular letter from His Excellency, and believe it will go far to remove the false impressions so widely entertained, at the same time I should like to see the subject of that letter taken up by Waikato Chiefs, in whom you have confidence, who should go into the heart of Waikato and declare themselves personally responsible for the sincerity of the Governor's declaration. I fear it would be of little use to send an officer of Govt. on such an errand, but should you be of a different opinion, I am ready to undertake it to the best of my ability.

Natives arrive daily to see Katipa who is gradually sinking. He takes nothing but water, and although he occasionally speaks or rather endeavours to do so, it is most difficult to understand him. The people that come to take leave of him, by crowding about him, hasten his dissolution, and gentle remonstrances on this ritenga kino, either fall dead on the ear, or, if heard, are disregarded. The dying man, owing to his former strong constitution, may linger a few days longer, but you will not be surprised if the next post should convey news of his death. I am constantly asked for food for the visitors, and shall be glad to know whether you will sanction an expenditure of £5 or £6 for that purpose.

Mr. Searancke arrived here yesterday and purposes remaining until Ahipene returns from Ngaruawahia. Ihaka, of Pukaki, is still here.

Faithfully yours,
H. Halse.

Part of:
Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0317 (50 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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