Object #1007485 from MS-Papers-0032-0317
3 pages written by Henry Halse
From: Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0317 (50 digitised items).
50 letters written from Waiuku, Whangarei, Wellington, New Plymouth. Includes some undated and incomplete letters; also letters from McLean to Halse
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
Master, owing no doubt to an increase having been made to their salaries, and the letter quoted by Mr. Leech, is intended to apply to them and none other.
All continues quiet here, but the suspicious looks and general bearing of rival natives when they meet in Town, are significant. Ihaia has been for some time uneasy about the ultimate intentions of the Waikatos and various have been the rumours, requiring confirmation floating about here upon that subject. The Kawhia postman, who arrived in Town last Thursday said that he had been requested by Ihaia to tell Parris and myself that he would shortly be leaving for Wanganui, and wished one or both to go and see him. We judge from this that his forebodings are on the increase and Parris intends to ride down the first dry day next week.
Hone Ropiha tells me that he intends to gather as many natives together as possible and ask them what they think of the Laws of England, lately circulated amongst them, and whether they intend to submit to them and uphold them. I know Hone is most anxious on this matter and will do all in his power to bring natives to their senses.
On the supposition that Rogan is absent from Auckland, I have enclosed Te Ngahuru's letter addressed to him to you, particularly as the writer told me it was an application for a good sample of seed wheat.
As the Steamer was expected here this day, I kept back correspondence in reference to an intention on the part of Mokau natives to stop the mail unless carried by Europeans.
There has been some talk of stopping the southern mail at the Poutoko, in consequence I believe of the employment of natives during the last few weeks between this and Wanganui, as was expected the Europeans broke down, and the natives who formerly carried the mail to the entire satisfaction of the public, could hardly be expected to assist them in fulfilling their contract. A ngatiruanui man, named Tatana, has been latterly employed, and astonishes everyone, indeed it is clear that we have no chance with the natives at this work.
Wedy. 15. Steamer rounding Sugar Loaves, therefore I post this at once, there is nothing more to communicate.
Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0317 (50 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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