Object #1004380 from MS-Papers-0032-0041
2 pages written 20 Jun 1874 by Henry Tacy Clarke
From: Native Minister - Memos from Governor relating to native affairs, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0041 (16 digitised items). No Item Description
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Regina v. Te Wake.
Te Wake was tried for the wilful murder of Hau Nuku, on 30th, March 1868.
Tried and convicted, 9th. September 1868.
Sentence commuted, September 23rd. 1868, to penal servitude for life.
Te Wake made his escape from Auckland Gaol, and found his way back to his own people. He has never been recaptured. Since then, Native Chiefs of the contending tribes, very much desired that he should be pardoned; and the Hon. Native Minister, on a question from Mr. Sheehan, in the House of Representatives, that the Governor would be advised to pardon Te Wake, (vide Hansard Vol. XV, page 1541, 1873)
Case brought under notice of His Excellency, the Governor, in Council 11th. March 1874, and it was
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decided that a pardon would be granted, on condition that he delivered himself up at the Gaol from which he escaped.
Mr. Von Sturmer, R.M. Hokianga, was written to on the 12th. March, to the following effect:-
"If you will accompany Te Wake to Auckland, then to surrender himself to the Governor of the Gaol at Mount Eden, and take the Oath of Allegiance, he will receive a free pardon. The above conditions are insisted on; things are done, and must be complied with."
Since then nothing further has been heard in this Office of the matter.
Hy. Ty. Clarke
20th. June 1874.
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