October 4th. 1870
I beg to inform you that on the day after your leaving this, I started with Lieut. Col. Moule, for Maketu, thence to Matata; where I heard that Te Whenuanui had surrendered, with his people, about fifty in number, at Whatatane.
Being anxious to obtain news, I went on to that settlement, where I had the pleasure of meeting Major air; and also had the opportunity of seeing Te Whenuanul. I obtained news from him to the offect that Te Waru and his people, together with a number of the Urewera, had gone to Waikaremoana, with a view of surrendering to Te Wairos people; also the Mohaka prisoners taken by Te Kooti. Paerau and his people were about to surrender at Rotorua, but on their leaving, were somewhere about Te Whaiti.
At MaKetu I could not see Mr. Taite, but left a memo, for him to leave a description, etc., of the school-house, with a view of putting Lundon in a position of sending a Tender for the erection of a similar building at Matata. He gave Mr. Way, with whom I left the memo, a reply that he had never been introduced to
me, knew nothing about me, would consequently do nothing of the kind. He however, saw your brother Hopkins, and afterwards thought better of it.
I don't wonder the natives are in the state they are, when our own colour show them such an example.
I am sorry to inform you that the Land Quostion between Tapuika and Ngatimoke is assuming a worse aspect than ever, Tapuika are doing all. they can to excite the other party. They are trying to drive them off Renana by pinohing them up into a corner; and doing the same at a place called Te Kahika. I am going back in a day or two to take up residence at Maketu, to endeavour to keep the animals quiet, I have promised to go out on the ground to try and bring matters on more permanent footing until the Land Court sits.
I have beard nothing more about the Telegraph affair, except by flying report, which cannot be depended on, - to the effect that they have accepted your last offer, - and at the back of it, that our friend Hoani had gone to consult with the King. One against the other won't wash.
I am anxiously looking forward to the House question being settled with the Government;
and shall be glad to got settled some way or other.
Nothing more at present.
P.S. Major Mair has doubtless sent you a full account of Te Whenuanul's surrender, etc.,