Object #1003170 from MS-Papers-0032-0217
From: Inward letters - Henry Tacy Clarke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0217 (61 digitised items). 59 letters written from Tauranga, Maketu, Auckland & Waimate, 1861-1870. Includes letter to Hare Reweti (Charles Davis) from Manuhiri with explanatory note on verso from Louis Hetet, 1870.
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June 2nd 1870
My dear Mr McLean
I arrived here early this morning to find plenty to do - not that it could not have all been done by others if it had been gone about in a proper manner. These Telegraph people have caused a great deal of soreness amongst the natives simply because they did not exercise ordinary prudence. I have been thronged by natives and I am astonished from what I hear that they exercise such forbearance - I do
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acquit Mair from blame but he tells me that he was never even consulted. Today a letter is sent in from Fox to say that the line shall not proceed. I find Europeans have been sent to cut a road two chains wide through a choice piece of bush - the nearest to Maketu - And then our people are astonished that the natives are not pleased - I am afraid that Mr Blake and myself shall have a few words. But I cannot allow them to do as they have done.
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I have written a memo asking for £200 more for the Road the Ngaeterangi are now at work on - they are doing the East end and they might just as well complete the road right through to Te Matapihi (the opposite landing to Te Papa) I am urgent about this - and it will settle a great political difficulty which has been haunting me like a Ghost for years past that of making a proper road through the native cultivations - The proposition comes from them and appears to me to be
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I have been obliged to make a supplementary Requisition for £4000 - Preeces Taupo men alone will pollish off £4,300
I am quite rejoiced at the result of the plan adopted of keeping a force always moving on the Urewera frontier - It is now bearing fruit - You will be able to make a splendid case for the house -
I hope that I shall be able to do all my work properly I am rather seedy still -
Yours very faithfully
P. S. My brother Hopkin arrived here this morning with his family and household stuff. H.T.C.
Inward letters - Henry Tacy Clarke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0217 (61 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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