Object #1003298 from MS-Papers-0032-0228

4 pages written 30 May 1863 by George Sisson Cooper in Woodlands to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - George Sisson Cooper, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0228 (108 digitised items). 105 letters written from Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington. Contains correspondence between McLean and Cooper with regard to the purchase of Maori land in Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa in particular, and various complaints and issues that arose from the purchases; also contains information and discussions about the spread of the Pai Marire and Ringatu religions (again, with a particular focus on Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa), and about general Maori affairs. Includes draft letters from McLean to Cooper; letters from George's wife Ellen C Cooper, 1863-1872, and from Sarah Cooper (undated).

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I have got a room for you when you come up. Woodlands
May 30th 1863


My dear McLean

I write a line by Locke who is on his way to Napier. Everything remains here in just the same state as when I last wrote. I am still very unwell and can't get about much, though I often see Natives and talk with them. I heard a yarn the other day about a conversation between you and Renata, in wh. the latter is said to have defended the tomahawking of the soldiers, by saying

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that the head of some Maori (Ratima I think is the name) was actually in Napier in possession of some white man. If this is the case, or any such conversation did take place between you I wish you wd. give me a short sketch of it that I may contradict the false and give the true version, as these stories do much mischief. There is also a yarn about Paora Torotoro being

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beaten by 2 soldiers in Napier wh. is much talked of here.

I have just heard from Ormond and as far as he has explained what his advice to you is, I entirely agree in it. He tells me that he has asked you to come up and meet us inland to discuss the present state of affairs. I most earnestly hope and beg you will do so. Russell is in a state of utter terror, and his

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opinions, from the position he holds etc. will be sure to spread and do invalculable mischief. Lambert is going down, also trembling in his shoes. I had reassured him to some extent, but he went hence to Mr. Herbert and the ague came on again worse than ever. He actually talks of moving his family. I enclose a copy of the Porangahau answer to my letter. They are waiting to hear Karaitiana's news and won't speak till they do.


Your's faithfully,
G. S. Cooper

English (ATL)

I have got a room for you when you come up. Woodlands
May 30th 1863


My dear McLean

I write a line by Locke who is on his way to Napier. Everything remains here in just the same state as when I last wrote. I am still very unwell and can't get about much, though I often see Natives and talk with them. I heard a yarn the other day about a conversation between you and Renata, in wh. the latter is said to have defended the tomahawking of the soldiers, by saying that the head of some Maori (Ratima I think is the name) was actually in Napier in possession of some white man. If this is the case, or any such conversation did take place between you I wish you wd. give me a short sketch of it that I may contradict the false and give the true version, as these stories do much mischief. There is also a yarn about Paora Torotoro being beaten by 2 soldiers in Napier wh. is much talked of here.

I have just heard from Ormond and as far as he has explained what his advice to you is, I entirely agree in it. He tells me that he has asked you to come up and meet us inland to discuss the present state of affairs. I most earnestly hope and beg you will do so. Russell is in a state of utter terror, and his opinions, from the position he holds etc. will be sure to spread and do invalculable mischief. Lambert is going down, also trembling in his shoes. I had reassured him to some extent, but he went hence to Mr. Herbert and the ague came on again worse than ever. He actually talks of moving his family. I enclose a copy of the Porangahau answer to my letter. They are waiting to hear Karaitiana's news and won't speak till they do.


Your's faithfully,
G. S. Cooper

Part of:
Inward letters - George Sisson Cooper, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0228 (108 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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