Object #1002321 from MS-Papers-0032-0622

5 pages written 3 Feb 1870 by H F Way to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters and diary extracts - H F Way, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0622 (38 digitised items). 36 letters written from Hawke's Bay, Taupo and Bay of Plenty (Maketu), 1869-1876). Includes diary covering events 6 Oct 1869-31 Jul 1870, 1 Sep-31 Oct 1870, HRH Duke of Edinburgh's visit to Rotorua District, 13-19 Dec 1870.

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Maketu Thursday 3rd. Feb.1870.

My dear Mr. McLean,

I am just sending you a rough outline of my diary, since I have been at Maketu. Wednesday Jan.26, Tauranga, Sturt arrived from Auckland at 12 noon, I received orders from Mr. Clarke to proceed to Maketu overland and to remain there, until he came himself in the Sturt. I left Tauranga at 7 p.m. arrived in Maketu at 10.30 p/m. The Sturt arrived about 12.30 p/m. Thursday 27th. I have been up all night, thinking the men might land at any moment, The Men landed on the beach early this morning, and marched straight away for Ohinemutu, distance about 37 miles from here, I have to take charge of the Native Transport. I started 10 horses off this afternoon for Ohinemutu with 720 lbs biscuit 300 lbs salt Beef, 50 lbs Bacon, 46 lbs salt, 197 lbs sugar, 32 lbs coffee, 16 lbs Tea, and 4 cases breech loading arms.

About 4 p.m. the rain came down in torrents and everything will get wet. Mr. Clarke left here this morning for Ohinemutu.

Friday 28th. fine, it rained heavy all night we arrived at the Taheke Ferry at 1 p.m. Frasers Force also arrived at the same time, they will sleep at the Te Ngie. And I went on with my pack horses to Ohinemutu, and arrived there at 4 p.m. I gave Mr. Clarke a despatch that I had for him.

I believe the force here will amount to about 380 natives and 83 white men.

Saturday 29th. fine Mr. Clarke left Ohinemutu at 6 a.m. for Tauranga. Frasers force arrived about 8 a.m.. I left with my packhorses at 10 a.m. and arrived at Maketu at 7 p.m. I brought down 8 more horses. I leave again with stores on Monday.

Sunday 30th. fine, I found out this morning that I had not enough pack saddles for my horses, as only 11 saddles had been sent down in the Sturt from Tauranga.

So I did not know what to do, and at last I thought the best thing to do, was to charter a small cutter, that was lying in the river, to, go to Tauranga and bring back saddles, the owner promised to be back tonight, so I am to give him £3 for the job.

I rode overland to Tauranga to get the saddles ready.

I saw Mr. Clarke and he approved of what I had done. The cutter did not arrived at 8 p.m. and as the Sturt was to leave with Mr. Clarke at 9 p.m. to go down the coast, Capt. Fairchild told me that he would take the things down to Maketu for me, and if he should meet the cutter on his way, he would take her back to Maketu, which I was very glad of, as I want to start tomorrow for Ohinemutu.

Monday 31st. fine, I left Tauranga at 6 a.m. and arrived at Maketu at 9 a.m. Capt. Fairchild had kindly landed my saddles during the night ad had left one of his men in charge.

The reason the cutter had not arrived in time at Tauranga, when outside, the ropes etc. had given way, and they could not set the mainsail again, so they had to put back to Maketu with the jib.

I started with 18 pack horses at 10.30 a.m. with 28 bags of biscuit 75 lbs each 2100 lbs, 77 lbs salt 160 lbs sugar 28 lb Tea 35 lbs Coffee and 4 kegs of Enfd. Arms. Arrived at a place called Hunua at 7 p.m. 19 miles from Maketu camped for the night.

Tuesday Feb. 1st. fine. Left Hunua at 6. 30 a.m. and arrived at Ohinemutu at 1 p.m. 17 miles found no written orders to send on supplies. No news of any kind has arrived here except I heard that Col. McDonnell had been wounded. Wednesday 2nd. Fine I left with the Pack Horses at 8.30 a.m. and arrived in Maketu at 6/30 p.m. distance 37 miles I like the Native Transport, twice as well, as White Men, as Natives give no trouble once you get them started, and I am very pleased in having no one over me, as every thing is left to me, in getting stores etc. to the front, and one takes twice as much interest in anything, when it is left to themselves instead of having 3 or 4 Comdg. Officers over one. Thursday 3rd. Fine. I send this letter to you today, and I leave again tomorrow with stores for Ohinemutu. Trusting that you are quite well

I remain
Yours ever sincerely,
Herbert F. Way.
P.S. Not a word about Te Kooti down here.

Part of:
Inward letters and diary extracts - H F Way, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0622 (38 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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