Object #1005775 from MS-Papers-0032-0221

4 pages written 1 Sep 1865 by William Colenso in Wellington to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0221 (43 digitised items). 45 letters written from Church Mission Station, Waitangi (Hawke's Bay), Waipukurau & Napier, 1850-1865. Includes letters in Maori, and letters from McLean to Colenso. Also memoranda of a conversation which took place between Rev H Williams and Colenso on 10 Aug 1839. Maori correspondents include Wiremu Tipuna; Hori Niania; Te Hapuku, Hinepaketia, Ani Te Patukaikino, Hoani & Hori.

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Private and Confidential. Wellington,
September 1, 65.

My dear Sir,

I find the "Rangatira" is to leave this port for Napier on Monday next, and I hasten to give you some information which I have lately (by "Queen") received from Napier.

I have had 2 letters of warning, written by a friendly pair of Natives living between Havelock and Waipawa, (whose names and village I must not divulge), - from which I quote verbatim - (the first is written to the boy, Willie) -

. . . "ka nui te pouri o toku ngakau ki a korua ko tou papa, nui noa atu te aroha, na, he korero tenei, naku ki a korua, he whakaaro roa, kia tupato ki nga mahi o te ao, ara a te hauhau, ka tata tonu nga mahi a te arero kai taewa o te maori te kino ki te ao koia ahau ka tuhi atu ai kia rongo korua, kia noho tupato kei wareware te ngakau ki te mahara" (the second, to me, is much the same, he adds) - "E hoa, e Neho, ko tena korero i tuhia atu na, he mea tuhi tahae na mana, kia rongo korua, E hoa, ko ta mana nei mahara, me i kona (Napier) ano koe, kua tae atu mana ki kona, etc. - kei korerotia e korua taua kino ti te tangata, etc. etc. -

These letters were written on the 24th August, and fortunately forwarded on by Bourke to me.

Curiously enough, a native Chief (at present here from the North) shewed me the other day - on finding I had known his relatives and friends at the Bay of Islands - a long and good letter he had written to the Govt. here, warning them not to be careless, and not to trust too much to their best Maori friends. I have not told any one here of my letters from Napier, save Ormond, - and I only hope, I may not only be in time, but that you (we) may not have any disturbance from that quarter -

I hope you are quite well. Ormond will give you all pol. news.

Believe me,
Yours faithfully,
Wm. Colenso.
To:-- His Honor D. Maclean, Esq.

Part of:
Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0221 (43 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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