Object #1003670 from MS-Papers-0032-0016
From: Miscellaneous native affairs, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0016 (29 digitised items). Includes a letter in Maori regarding the sale of land in the Manawatu
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Extracts from Minutes of Council held at Govt. House Auckland on Saturday the 16th March 1861.
The Govr. lays before the council certain letters from Genl. Pratt relative to a proposal made by the chief W. Thomson that the war should cease.
After perusal of the documents the Govr. proposes that he should go to Taranaki in the ''Victoria'' tomorrow and that two of the Ministers, the Native Secy. and certain Native chiefs should accompany him.
The Council have consulted the officers of the Native Department and others as to the probable effect on the native mind of the Governor's proceeding at once to Taranaki, and having fully considered all the circumstances come to the following conclusions.
1. That the proposals of W. Thomson are altogether inadvisable, but they may afford an opening for negotiation.
2. That it appears premature for the Governor
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to proceed at the present stage of the matter to Taranaki as such a step would be more likely to retard than further the object to be desired - viz. peace.
The Council therefore recommend that the Native Secy. should go to Taranaki at once with a view of ascertaining the real state of feeling of the natives, and the desirability of the Governor going to Taranaki with the view of negotiating a peace
And that the Governor hold himself in readiness to proceed to Taranaki at once if the native Secretary report that it is desirable he should so do.
Clerk of Ex. Council
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