Object #1006102 from MS-Papers-0032-0393

2 pages written 23 Jan 1865 by Samuel Locke to Sir Donald McLean in Napier City

From: Inward letters - Samuel Locke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0393 (103 digitised items). 104 letters written from Hawke's Bay, 1860-1870

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Jany. 23rd 1865

Dear Sir

I have been hoping all the past week that you would come, on friday I started for Town with Ihaka, Matenga, and Tamehana, but on arriving at the Wairoa we were told that a vessel had passed in the direction of the Mahia, We also heard that the Taupo Natives had returned, so that you were at liberty once more and that you had told Paul and others that you would be up in a day or two, so we returned to Nuhaka again. If you cannot come up will you be kind enough to let the Cutter come, or send Ihaka's vessel, I cannot keep these people from going to Town to fetch goods etc. etc. They are Town and pakeha mad. I find that the "Natives Land Act" is being spread amongst the Natives, and that Mr. Carroll and Wangare are trying to make use of it, but the leading men amongst the Natives seem to be in doubts, besides a feeling of pride that they have in selling to the Queen they dont think it lowers them to sell to the Queen it is more like one Chief exchanging presents with another but when it is done merely with a common whiteman they dont look upon it as being so binding - The new Act will be popular with the democratic parties where there is no Great Chief or were the chief has lost his power. I send you enclosed a copy of a letter supposed to be a revelation from Heaven to Tamehana to Waharoa - Heremia is here asking me to go to the Wairoa to look at some land at Hineipaka valley lately sold to you, he tells me that you said I was to go, I had told him that I must wait for this mail after which time I will either go at once, or send him word when I shall be ready with which answer he is satisfied - I observe that Wood always calls this place Mohaka - Heremia tells me that when I go to the Wairoa that his party will sell more land than that mentioned to you at Napier - There is a great deal of drinking going on at the Mahia also the Wairoa I find that the principal Chiefs are anxious to have European laws carried out in every way give them grog like other people but have police and lockups they find that the runanga cannot manage to keep peace, The natives are like birds let lose out of a cage, or like the people of England after Charles II return, they will soon settle down properly if they are not over taken care of, they are not fools nor infants - Ihaka has received another letter from Charles Davis enclosing extract from the Crown Lands office Auckland, not having room here to explain what Ihaka says about it and having no more paper I havescrawled a part of what he say at the bottom - hoping sincerely to see you very soon

I remain Dear Sir
S. Locke
To His Honor D. McLean Napier

Part of:
Inward letters - Samuel Locke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0393 (103 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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