Object #1006943 from MS-Papers-0032-0312
From: Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0312 (49 digitised items). 43 letters written from New Plymouth and Huatoki. Includes copies of letters from Wiremu Kingi, Witi, and Aperahama, Te Kani, 1851
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September 11th. 1851
In consequence of my representation to Captain King of the absence of John Medland from night duty now nearly three months and of a second opinion from the Colonial surgeon that Medland would not be fit for the duty stated, I am desired by Captain King to bring this case under your notice with a view of avoiding for the fu the difficulties that now occur in carrying out the duties of the Police.
I am, Dear Sir,
Very faithfully yours,
D. McLean Esq.
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Since my last letter to you of the 10th. inst. it has occurred to me that Paratene of the Kawau would be a desirable man to secure in place of E. Waka or Honi Ropiha, Utuhia declining to accept the appointment.
This third case of horse shooting is so barbarous that I can barely trust myself to speak to Europeans about it - with natives I have done all in my power to assuage their very pardonable anger - luckily for us the owner of the wounded animal is Hone Ropiha - his quiet gentelmanly manner on this trying occasion increases my sorrow that we should have a miscreant amongst us, guilty of an act so atrocious and so repugnant to the commonest feelings of humanity.
Capt. King has just been to look
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at the horse and I went with him. She cannot feed, is in foal and considered in a dangerous state.
Seeing several natives about town I thought it advisable to suggest the visit to Capt. King thereby showing some interest in their misfortune.
When the "Shepherdess" returns, I shall write again. Hoping Mr McLean is well,
Yours very sincerely,
Sep. 15. 1851.
Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0312 (49 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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