Object #1006839 from MS-Papers-0032-0534

2 pages written 30 Dec 1868 by James Crowe Richmond in Turanganui to Sir Donald McLean in Napier City

From: Inward letters - J C Richmond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0534 (35 digitised items). 33 letters written from Wellington, Turanganui, Ngatapa, Napier and Nelson, 1865-1870, & undated. Includes letter from Richmond to Ormond, Oct 1868; McLean to Richmond, 7 Jan 1869. Also piece-level inventory.

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English (ATL)

that Tare ha and Ihaka may catch them and give a good account of them.

This Ngatapa is a tough nut, and I am not surprised after seeing a sketch of the place that Rapata deserted by all but his 70 toas did not care to reopen his attack. All however are now lively and confident. I am going to start with Towgood for the front at midnight.

Many thanks for your influence with old Raharui, he is a terrible old Hauhau but it is better to have his assent than his opposition. Wi Harongo is the only man now on the Bay who has not signed the deed of cession. I think if Koti is caught with the bulk of his men that we have done with trouble here, and if Tareha and Ihaka succeed too I shall be quite confident.

Send on the Wellington biscuit when it arrives.

I remain ever
Faithfully yours
J. C. RICHMOND
His Honor D. McLean Napier

English (ATL)

Turanganui

Dec. 30 /68



My dear McLean,

I received all the stores from Ahuriri and am much obliged by your care. The kindness you showed in sending me the papers and books touched me home, for I am getting desperately tired of stopping here in the Sirocco and dust. A ton of the biscuit that left Napier last night will be close to Ngatapa tomorrow. I think we shall be all right for food now unless Koti gets help outside to embarrass our supplies. We have got nearly enough competent horses and now that we are not pressed I dare say we shall be able to get more. The price has not averaged above £3.10 Nearly our whole fighting force is now at Ngatapa Rapata has recovered his sickness, and though still weak reached the front at midday this day I hope the Wairoa expedition may make a catch. I can hardly say I expect it for I do not think Urewera are likely to come in just now. Nikora undoubtedly quarrelled with Koti as we are informed, and though he may have been received by them when Koti would not be I can hardly believe in face of Mair's report about the January runanga at Ruatahuna that they are yet in the field. I feel sure Nikora and Waru are towards or upon the lake not at Maungapohatu or Puketapu. However I hope I am wrong in my speculation and that Tare ha and Ihaka may catch them and give a good account of them.

This Ngatapa is a tough nut, and I am not surprised after seeing a sketch of the place that Rapata deserted by all but his 70 toas did not care to reopen his attack. All however are now lively and confident. I am going to start with Towgood for the front at midnight.

Many thanks for your influence with old Raharui, he is a terrible old Hauhau but it is better to have his assent than his opposition. Wi Harongo is the only man now on the Bay who has not signed the deed of cession. I think if Koti is caught with the bulk of his men that we have done with trouble here, and if Tareha and Ihaka succeed too I shall be quite confident.

Send on the Wellington biscuit when it arrives.

I remain ever
Faithfully yours
J. C. RICHMOND
His Honor D. McLean Napier

Part of:
Inward letters - J C Richmond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0534 (35 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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