Object #1006712 from MS-Papers-0032-0282
From: Inward letters - James Fraser, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0282 (39 digitised items). 38 letters written from Hawke's Bay, Bay of Plenty and East Coast, 1865-1870. Includes letter addressed to Captain Rhodes, 1865
Page 2 of 6. View high-resolution image
would have been perhaps short and certainly not sweet - I am at a loss to account for the malice which evidently has originated reports concerning me, such as that I drink immoderately etc., and I am sure I need only mention to you who have always been my friend that such stories are in circulation and have reached Col. Haultain's ears, for you to contradict them. I mention to you in this private manner, that I have been a strict tee-totaller for the last six weeks at least. You have mentioned in your note that there is some complaint respecting returns. I regret this very much but have written a letter to Col. Haultain which I think exculpates me fully - I am much obliged to you for your defence of the flag of truce business, Col. Whitmore says you "shut up", to use a vulgar expression, Mr. Graham completely - Having talked quite enough about myself I wish to tell you what you will however probably hear from other sources. The first is, that Arthur Tuke assures me that he anticipates a disturbance at the Chathams on account of the guard being removed, it appears from what I can gather, there are two parties there, the chief of the weakest of which, has been
Page 3 of 6. View high-resolution image
to some extent, trying to get the Hau Hau on his side, this man is the one who told Col. Russell he would guard them. Tuke tells me there are so few fire-arms among the natives that in case of disturbance the Hau-Hau would be a very valuable and formidable ally to either party, and that if they join the weaker party they will make it by far the stronger. So much for the Chathams, and now for Poverty Bay - Biggs writes me a letter which I enclose for your perusal, and evidently whatever may be done no more men should be taken from there. This however is being done the H.B. Volunteers are being discharged, and the whole
Page 4 of 6. View high-resolution image
force at Biggs disposal will only amount to about 46 men all told, scarcely enough I think. I would therefore strongly recommend that Gascogne be ordered from Waiapu which will make Biggs up to 63 or thereabouts and that you press on the Government the folly of discharging anymore men just at present. The Coast is at present quiet enough, but if "Aneru Matete" hear that the force at Pov. Bay is so weak, there is no knowing what may happen. My strength at the Wairoa will also be much reduced, I fear to about 50 men, and I really do not consider them sufficient.
Page 5 of 6. View high-resolution image
I trust your Honor is enjoying good health, we are all looking anxiously for news of the great debate. Col. Whitmore goes down by the steamer and has promised to speak to Col. Haultain about the reports I have mentioned, Haultain it appears mentioned them to him - They forget at the Defence Office that the mouth of the Wairoa being shut no vessels could get out, and they have been pitching into me because Hussey's things have not arrived as if I
could help it - Tuke has orders to send them as soon as he can, and as I go back to the Wairoa to-day myself I will see that they are sent, if he have not done so already, without delay. Please remember me to Mr. Ormond - and believe me
Ever yrs. truly and sincerely
I forgot to say that I have given Biggs leave to move his position to where he wished it. I think it myself a much better place for a few men. J. F.
Inward letters - James Fraser, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0282 (39 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)
Usage: You can search, browse, print and download items from this website for research and personal study. You are welcome to reproduce the above image(s) on your blog or another website, but please maintain the integrity of the image (i.e. don't crop, recolour or overprint it), reproduce the image's caption information and link back to here (http://mp.natlib.govt.nz/detail/?id=1006712). If you would like to use the above image(s) in a different way (e.g. in a print publication), or use the transcription or translation, permission must be obtained. More information about copyright and usage can be found on the Copyright and Usage page of the NLNZ web site.
View Full Descriptive Record in TAPUHI