Object #1003170 from MS-Papers-0032-0217

4 pages written 2 Jun 1870 by Henry Tacy Clarke in Tauranga to Sir Donald McLean

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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Tauranga

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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easy -

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
Hy.T. Clarke
P. S. My brother Hopkin arrived here this morning with his family and household stuff. H.T.C.

English (ATL)

Tauranga

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 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.

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 easy -

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
Hy.T. Clarke
P. S. My brother Hopkin arrived here this morning with his family and household stuff. H.T.C.

Part of:
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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