Object #1002008 from MS-Papers-0032-0126

4 pages written 2 Aug 1851 by Henry Halse in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean

From: Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of Police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0126 (39 digitised items). No Item Description

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Report from 20th. July to 2nd. August 1851, inclusive.

July 20th.

Sunday Parade.

July 21st.

Posted letter and other papers to you.

Overland Mail left for Wellington.

Received a Warrant of Distress against Richard Secombe. The debt was paid.

July 22nd.

Went to Omata, by direction of Resident Magistrate. Mr. Wicksteed said he had removed his cattle, and would endeavour to prevent a recurrence of the complaint.

Kerei received 8/- for damages done to his crops, by Mr. Wicksteed's cattle.

A native messenger, Manihera, arrived from Whanganui, with letters for Mr. Richard Brown.

July 23rd.

The schooner "Wellington", Fergusson, from Massacre Bay, with goods and limestone; passengers - Rawiri Watino and Ripene Tupahau, both of that place.

July 24th.

Received a Summons against George St. George. Posted letter to you.

July 25th.

Manahi, of the Kawau, complained against Mr. Rundle's pigs, for having destroyed 40 bushels of maize last week.

July 26th.

General muster.

Rawiri Waiana reported that Timo, a Puketapu native, stole an axe on Thursday last, the property of Samuel Joll.

Overland Mail from Auckland.

Johnson v. St. George; cattle wandering at large; fined 1/- and costs.

Johnson and Hakopa estimated amount of damage done to Manahi's maize by Mr. Rundle's pigs at 30/-.

The "Wellington" sailed for Wellington; cargo 14 tons flour, 2 tons bran, 2 tons onions.

July 27th.

Parade. Prisoner Hackett discharged.

The "Diana", Hopkins, from Mokau, cargo - 33 pigs, 30 bushels wheat, 80 bushels maize, 2000 feet timber.

Overland Mail arrived this evening from Wellington.

July 28th.

Received letters from you.

Executed Warrant of Ejectment against S. Joll.

"Diana" went to sea. Strong breeze from South East.

July 29th.

D. Humphries came to Barracks, and told me that about 60 lbs. of salt pork were stolen from his premises last night.

Overland Mail left for Auckland.

July 30th.

Hakopa went to the Hua.

Joseph Street taken into custody and locked up for being drunk and disorderly.

July 31st.

H. Halse v. J. Street; fined 5/- and costs.

Delivered an Extract from your Despatch, dated 14th. July 1851, and submitted the charges against Private Medland and Private Stewart, to the Resident Magistrate.

Timo was brought into town by Rawiri and Tahana, taken before the Resident Magistrate, and fined 5/-. The axe and 1/- were handed over to S. Joll.

The "Lucy James", Joyce, 3 days from Manukau; passengers - Mr. W. Carrington, Mr. Watt, J. Hoskin, T. Candish, J. Cutliff; cargo - general.

The "Diana" returned from sea, having parted her chains in the late South-Easter.

Same sailed for Mokau.

August 1st.

Two Waitara natives, Paora and Honina, came to Barracks, before applying to the Resident Magistrate for a Summons against Hori, also of Waitara, to recover a debt of £3.10.6.

Posted letter to you.

August 2nd.

General muster and drill.

Rawiri received £5 from Captain King, being amount of pay due up to and for the 24th. of July.

Private Heale returned from Wellington, with letters, etc. from you.

A Public Meeting was held at the "Seven Stars" for the purpose of considering His Excellency's proposition to reduce the Town, and introduce Pensioners, when the following resolutions were carried:-

That His Excellency's plan may be carried out with great benefit to the owners of the Town sections, and the inhabitants generally.

That, taking into consideration the unproteeted state of this settlement, it is most desirable that the proposed addition to the European population, should consist, as regards the Male Adults, of the more able-bodied pensioners; and to be so organised as to become a defensive force against possible native aggression.

That the Resident Magistrate be requested to transmit these Resolutions to the Governor-in-Chief.

Private Johnson and Hakopa continue to attend to the general duties here, and all is quiet.

H. Halse. Sergt. New Plymouth
August 2nd. 1851.

To:- D. McLean Esq. J.P.
Inspector of Police.

Part of:
Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of Police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0126 (39 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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