Object #1005367 from MS-Papers-0032-0646
3 pages written 18 Jul 1861 by John Alexander Wilson in Otawhao to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - Surnames, Wilson, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0646 (38 digitised items).
Correspondents:John Alexander Wilson, Auckland, Sydney, Richmond, Opotiki, Whakatane, Gisborne, etc, 1861-1875 & undated (24 letters). A number of these letters are addressed to Dr Pollen. One letter is written to J A Wilson by Frederick Jones, Whakatane, Jul 1870.John Cracroft Wilson, Canterbury, 1861-1873 (14 letters)
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
July 18th, 1861.
My dear Mr. McLean,
I have not yet heard from Piria since your arrival among the Ngatehaua. As soon as I read the Governors letter informing me of your departure, I wrote to Thompson, and desired him to send and meet you, and at the same time for him to appoint some place where we could meet. Not having heard from him I conclude he has accompanied you to Auckland. The Natives in Waikato are much excited about the step he has taken. A Chief from Rangiawhia told Mr. Morgan and myself that if he yielded to the Governors conditions, on his return, they would seize and kill him. This is extraordinary language for natives to use. Should Ngatehaua (page torn) of it, the consequences may yet become serious. (page torn) the language of the Runanga at Rangiawhia the night before last. I therefore sincerely hope that Thompson has left; if not, the body of the people will do what they can to prevent his visit. I believe the king movement has been greatly shaken by Thompsons letters to the Waikato's, announcing his intention to see the Governor. The Chiefs up here say, "He was the cause of the whole movement, and is now the first to swerve from it". They have written to him to remain at Peria, until all the Tribes on the eastern coast, and at the South, consent to his proposed negotiation.
Yours most truly,
Inward letters - Surnames, Wilson, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0646 (38 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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