Object #1003340 from MS-Papers-0032-0317
4 pages written 29 Jan 1861 by Henry Halse in Waiuku to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0317 (50 digitised items).
50 letters written from Waiuku, Whangarei, Wellington, New Plymouth. Includes some undated and incomplete letters; also letters from McLean to Halse
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
My dear Sir,
The Huirangi letter was brought by a mounted native from Raglan on Saturday night last, dirty and much worn, indications of having been freely handled by other natives beyond these to whom it was addressed. The allusion to the ''Kupapapa'' shows that we continue trusting, and continue being deceived; and really it is no matter of surprise that they should act thus, that they should think a friendly understanding with their countrymen more desirable than an alliance with foreigners whose reputation, until recently has been to extirpate people of inferior civilization.
It was extremely unfortunate that our weakness necessitated their employment, but now that we have a large force, which I hope will be increased, it does seem to be a proper subject for consideration whether they should not be maintained in a locality where communication with the enemy could not be so easily effected as hitherto.
I have made the above suggestion solely from a conviction long entertained, that our native friends are few in number, and also in the belief that military operations when no longer exposed to the dangerous tattling propensities of these peculiar people, would speedily improve and perchance crush out this unprovoed rebellion.
Katipa is much the same as before, still occupies the house which costs £1 a week, receives rations, and a quart
of fresh milk daily, for which no one receives thanks. Like the majority of his race, he does not possess one spark of gratitude, indeed every thing that is done for him appears to be regarded in the light of a tribute from the weak to the strong. You will understand that it was not an easy matter to stop the supplies in such a manner as to meet the approbation of his people who had so long been living in idleness, had grown fat and promised to become saucy, like overcorned horses. They are now living on their own produce and have my best wishes to continue to do so to the end of their days.
I hear from Auckland that news has been received from the seat of war - it is said, with what truth I do not know, that the rebels attacked one of our positions, were repulsed, and fled like a scattered swarm, leaving many dead and wounded behind them. Our loss is said to be about 10 killed and wounded, particulars not known. If questioned by natives I shall plead ignorance until the report is confirmed or contraducted by authority -no mere newspaper reports for me while the war lasts,
Hoping you are well in these troubled times.
To:--D. McLean Esq.
Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0317 (50 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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