Object #1003334 from MS-Papers-0032-0641

4 pages written 16 Oct 1865 by William Leonard Williams in Turanganui

From: Inward letters - William Leonard Williams, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0641 (18 digitised items). 16 letters written from Horotutu, Waerengahika, Turanganui, Poverty Bay, Auckland, 1858-1876. Includes list of settlers killed by the Hauhau at Poverty Bay, 10-11 Nov 1868 (signed W L Williams, 11 Nov).Piece-level inventory of letters accessioned pre-1969

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Oct. 16, 1865

My dear Sir

News reached us last night of the fall or evacuation of Pukemaire and in case you should have had no despatches direct I send you parts of two letters from Waiapu which contain the substance of what we have heard. Mohi mentions in his letter that they were going to recommenceoperations last Monday (the 9th inst) and Raniera's letter was written on the same day (the 9th) probably in the evening and, as I read it gives the result of Monday's work as far as he had heard it. It is not very clear in matters of detail but the fall of Pukemaire with trifling loss on the Govt. side is clearly established. Oral report states that the Hauhaus had gone to Kotare where it was said that Kereopa had come and entrenched himself with 200 of the Whakatohea. There cd have been very little opportunity of ascertaining where the people from Pukemaire had gone but I suppose it had been ascertained that they had gone in that direction instead of coming this way. Kereopa has become almost a mythical personage of late, so many false reports having been circulated about him, but I think it is not improbable that a party of the Whakatohea may have come over to Hick's Bay to get out of the way of their assailants at Opotiki, and this circumstance may have been an extra inducement to the fugitives to go in that direction. They would of course be soon followed up.

The party who attacked Henare Potae's pa in his absence the other day are all here and among them five persons belonging to this place and as they have taken part in that attack Henare will be likely to follow them up here. I gather from Raniera's letter that Henare had been applying to Ngatiporou for assistance in carrying out a plan of that sort. The half caste who murdered Henry Henderson at Tokomaru is here with the party, as is also George Ryland who was captured only and not killed as was previously stated. I hope that we may be able to procure the release of Ryland before long. The people here remain quiet so far, but there is not much indication of their renouncing Hauhauism.

The messenger who went to the upper Wairoa with a letter requesting assistance from the Hauhaus there, has returned but has only brought 15 men back with him and these it is said have not come to fight but to fetch the bones of Waka Perohuka. I hear however that they have promised to render substantial assistance in case it should be needed.

I remain
Yours faithfully
W. L. Williams

P. S. Ngaitane mentioned in Raniera's letter is the tribe belonging to Pakairomiromi Te Aowera belong to Whareponga, and Te Whanau a Rua to Tuparoa.

Part of:
Inward letters - William Leonard Williams, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0641 (18 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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