Object #1003400 from MS-Papers-0032-0630

2 pages written 25 Nov 1868 by Charles Westrup to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Charles Westrup, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0630 (33 digitised items). 33 letters written from Poverty Bay, Hawke's Bay and Auckland, 1865-1871 & undated. Includes piece-level inventory for letters accessioned pre-1969

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My dear McLean,

You must excuse the peculiar style of my despatch writing. I should not write in the semi official way to the Defence Office, but I know you require information, and I believe I have mentioned every thing in my official. I cannot get at the enemy's number but they are numerous, probably 400 men -- from the encampment -- our position is unassailable -- but we must have ammunition. My disappointment was great when I heard Ngatiporou from Wairoa had only started this morning. I am trying to get a guide from here to send to the Wairoa.

The steamer people are in such a hurry (the weather boisterous) that I have hot time to write fully.

Major Lamberts conduct is highly reprehensible in such a crisis as this.

You will observe I was right in thinking the enemy would run to earth if followed up quickly.

Yours ever faithfully,
Chas. Westrup.

Part of:
Inward letters - Charles Westrup, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0630 (33 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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