Object #1006347 from MS-Papers-0032-0217

3 pages written 27 May 1870 by Henry Tacy Clarke in Auckland Region to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Henry Tacy Clarke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0217 (61 digitised items). 59 letters written from Tauranga, Maketu, Auckland & Waimate, 1861-1870. Includes letter to Hare Reweti (Charles Davis) from Manuhiri with explanatory note on verso from Louis Hetet, 1870.

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Private Auckland

May 27th 1870



My dear Mr. McLean

I returned from the Bay early on Wednesday last all the better for my trip - I was very sorry to find that you had already left as there were many things I wished to have a last talk with you about - Kemp told me that you had written and the letter was sent on to the Bay - I suppose it passed me on the road.

I go to Tauranga early next week by the ''Tauranga'' where

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I hope not to be detained long - as there is lots of work on hand. Kemp is trying to arrange Maihi Paraones affair with the Kawakawa Coal Mining Company - Maihi sees his advantage and he will make the most of it. I hope no difficulty will arise. I do not like Maihi what I see of him and he might do us harm - consequently it will be necessary to handle him tenderly -

Old Tamati Waka came with me from the Bay - he was at Government House today - The poor old fellow is getting feeble - The Chiefs at the North are getting anxious about the spread of Hauhauism. It appears that it is already established at Kaipara and Whangarei and is now taking root at Whangaruru. It appears also that that wily old fellow Tamati Ngapora is taking advantage of our present peaceable attitude to send emissaries amongst the Ngapuhi to propagate hauhauism. I am free to confess that I do not like it. Hau Wirikahe and old Tamati Waka say ''ma tenei mea e whakararuraru a Ngapuhi aianei'' - Hauhauism is a political religion

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and is entirely inimical to the Queens Government -The Ngapuhi natives now in Auckland held a meeting last night - and have written to you on the subject. Paora Tuhaere tells me that there is a section of the Kaipara natives bent on getting up a row if they can - and Rogan who was in the office to-day confirms this opinion - The Putake appears to be the Execution of the Murderer Ruarangi - The Ngapuhi chiefs who it is intended to draw into the mess have written a remonstrance

English (ATL)

Private Auckland

May 27th 1870



My dear Mr. McLean

I returned from the Bay early on Wednesday last all the better for my trip - I was very sorry to find that you had already left as there were many things I wished to have a last talk with you about - Kemp told me that you had written and the letter was sent on to the Bay - I suppose it passed me on the road.

I go to Tauranga early next week by the ''Tauranga'' where I hope not to be detained long - as there is lots of work on hand. Kemp is trying to arrange Maihi Paraones affair with the Kawakawa Coal Mining Company - Maihi sees his advantage and he will make the most of it. I hope no difficulty will arise. I do not like Maihi what I see of him and he might do us harm - consequently it will be necessary to handle him tenderly -

Old Tamati Waka came with me from the Bay - he was at Government House today - The poor old fellow is getting feeble - The Chiefs at the North are getting anxious about the spread of Hauhauism. It appears that it is already established at Kaipara and Whangarei and is now taking root at Whangaruru. It appears also that that wily old fellow Tamati Ngapora is taking advantage of our present peaceable attitude to send emissaries amongst the Ngapuhi to propagate hauhauism. I am free to confess that I do not like it. Hau Wirikahe and old Tamati Waka say ''ma tenei mea e whakararuraru a Ngapuhi aianei'' - Hauhauism is a political religion and is entirely inimical to the Queens Government -The Ngapuhi natives now in Auckland held a meeting last night - and have written to you on the subject. Paora Tuhaere tells me that there is a section of the Kaipara natives bent on getting up a row if they can - and Rogan who was in the office to-day confirms this opinion - The Putake appears to be the Execution of the Murderer Ruarangi - The Ngapuhi chiefs who it is intended to draw into the mess have written a remonstrance - to Taurua - and so also have the King party it is supposed to encourage the agitation - I am sorry under the circumstances that Rogan is going away -

The Ohinemuri affairs are dragging their slow length along. Te Hira has spoken out boldly in the Native Land Court, that Ohinemuri is in his hands, and that he will not let it go. The last dodge is the Ngatikoe - Kepas party have made over their claims to Te Moananui - This I believe to be one of Mackeys dodges. Heale is with Puckeys assistance watching the cases closely - but is for the present keeping his demands quiet. Some of the claims have been struck out for want of surveys -

Mr. Barstow has returned from the Waikato and has decided to decline the appointment on the score of his health - he says he is sure that he could not keep up the constant work that is necessary. I am exceedingly sorry for it for I am sure he is the man for the place -

I have also received a letter (public) from Mair which will be laid before you in due course - he has also written to me privately. From the tone of dissatisfaction expressed I think he will watch an opportunity of leaving the service in disgust - Where are we to get men? Mair would in my opinion be a great loss to the public service - How would it do to move him to the Waikato - at the same salary as Searancke gets - he has the constitution to do the work and I know his judgment is good for the position -

When is Hamlin coming to Maketu - he is much needed and would relieve me of much of the work in that quarter -

I hope to be back in Auckland in about a fortnight after I leave it for the Bay of Plenty - Then Kaipara - I told Williams to send his reports throu our office here so tha we may know all that is going on in the north - I hope you will approve of this -


Very faithfully yours
Hy. T.Clarke.

Part of:
Inward letters - Henry Tacy Clarke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0217 (61 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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