Object #1006335 from MS-Papers-0032-0014

2 pages written by Sir Donald McLean

From: Secretary, Native Department - War in Taranaki and King Movement, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0014 (46 digitised items). Includes letters about war in Taranaki and the King movement and a letter in Maori from McLean to Wiremu Kingi offering him land

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English (ATL)


Sir,

I have to request that you will proceed to Waitara and place yourself in communication with the officer in command of the military detachment at that place.

The duties devolving upon you will be obtaining every possible information of the movements of the enemy and to report to that officer from time to time every intelligence that may be of service in carrying out any military operation.

Your knowledge of the language habits and customs of the Natives fully qualifies you for this duty and I have every reliance in your zeal in aiding the military authorities with your suggestions and advice.

Your duties for the present will be confined to the northern portion of the Taranaki district including the Waitara Waiongana and Mongorake and if the Major General directs that your services in any other part of the district should be available where military operations have to be carried out.

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English (ATL)


You will be good enough to report all information which you may convey to the military authorities for the information of His Excellency the Governor sending your reports unless of a strictly confidential character through the Native Office as Taranaki in order that your proceedings may be seconded at this settlement for the information and guidance of the local officers of the Native dept. or of any officer who may have to take your place during your temporary absence to Auckland, as I am anxious if the Mayor General can dispense with your services that you should return to your district about the 20th of next month.

Confiding very much in your own judgement and skill of which you have recently given such decided evidence I feel it unnecessary to give you more detailed instructions, assured that you will induce the friendly

(
McLean
's handwriting)

English (ATL)


Sir,

I have to request that you will proceed to Waitara and place yourself in communication with the officer in command of the military detachment at that place.

The duties devolving upon you will be obtaining every possible information of the movements of the enemy and to report to that officer from time to time every intelligence that may be of service in carrying out any military operation.

Your knowledge of the language habits and customs of the Natives fully qualifies you for this duty and I have every reliance in your zeal in aiding the military authorities with your suggestions and advice.

Your duties for the present will be confined to the northern portion of the Taranaki district including the Waitara Waiongana and Mongorake and if the Major General directs that your services in any other part of the district should be available where military operations have to be carried out.

You will be good enough to report all information which you may convey to the military authorities for the information of His Excellency the Governor sending your reports unless of a strictly confidential character through the Native Office as Taranaki in order that your proceedings may be seconded at this settlement for the information and guidance of the local officers of the Native dept. or of any officer who may have to take your place during your temporary absence to Auckland, as I am anxious if the Mayor General can dispense with your services that you should return to your district about the 20th of next month.

Confiding very much in your own judgement and skill of which you have recently given such decided evidence I feel it unnecessary to give you more detailed instructions, assured that you will induce the friendly

(
McLean
's handwriting)

Part of:
Secretary, Native Department - War in Taranaki and King Movement, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0014 (46 digitised items)
Series 7 Official papers, Reference Number Series 7 Official papers (3737 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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