Object #1007141 from MS-Papers-0032-0012

4 pages written 19 Sep 1860 by Sir Donald McLean in Auckland Region to Major-General Sir Thomas Simson Pratt

From: Secretary, Native Department - War in Taranaki and Waikato and King Movement, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0012 (33 digitised items). Includes papers on Maori intelligence gathering for the Crown and a letter in between Maori discussing preparation for conflict

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Auckland

19th September 1860



My dear General,

I have not seen much of the Governor since my return to Auckland I explained the difficulties you had with the women and children, and the result of military operations at Taranaki which I regard in a much more favorable light than parties who have no responsibility, and but little knowledge of the subject, are disposed to admit.

It would be quite out of

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the question to send troops to Raglan you have quite enough in hand already without involving the risk of a general war which would be the result, if troops were sent there, at least it would be general as far as Waikato is concerned. I have recorded my opinion on the papers relating to the subject to this effect.

I told the Governor when dining there last night that there is no necessity for removing Drummond Hay.

The plunder taken by the Waikatos from Taranaki

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is a question that we have some difficulty in meeting.

Matters are quiet here at present, the assembly exhaust a gret deal of time in talking unanimity on any one subject is quite out of the question.


I remain, My dear General, Yours faithfully, (Sd.)
Donald McLean
To:-- General Pratt

English (ATL)

Auckland

19th September 1860



My dear General,

I have not seen much of the Governor since my return to Auckland I explained the difficulties you had with the women and children, and the result of military operations at Taranaki which I regard in a much more favorable light than parties who have no responsibility, and but little knowledge of the subject, are disposed to admit.

It would be quite out of the question to send troops to Raglan you have quite enough in hand already without involving the risk of a general war which would be the result, if troops were sent there, at least it would be general as far as Waikato is concerned. I have recorded my opinion on the papers relating to the subject to this effect.

I told the Governor when dining there last night that there is no necessity for removing Drummond Hay.

The plunder taken by the Waikatos from Taranaki is a question that we have some difficulty in meeting.

Matters are quiet here at present, the assembly exhaust a gret deal of time in talking unanimity on any one subject is quite out of the question.


I remain, My dear General, Yours faithfully, (Sd.)
Donald McLean
To:-- General Pratt

Part of:
Secretary, Native Department - War in Taranaki and Waikato and King Movement, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0012 (33 digitised items)
Series 7 Official papers, Reference Number Series 7 Official papers (3737 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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