Object #1007521 from MS-Papers-0032-0445

4 pages written 31 May 1871 by Frederick Edward Maning in Hokianga to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - F E Maning, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0445 (56 digitised items). 56 letters written from Auckland and Hokianga, 1871-1876, & undated. Includes undated letter from Maning to von Sturmer; undated draft letter from McLean to Maning; letter (in Maori) to Maning from Hare Wirikake, Te Waimate, 1871; paper entitled `The Native question'.

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English (ATL)


May 31st. 1871.

My Dear McLean

I saw Te Wake's people, Te Tai, and others, the other day. They said they had no objec-tion to his going up to Auckland. Soon after your letter arrived; and Te Wake called on me, and I spoke to him. He said that he had got such a tremen-dous fright the last time; and having also committi-ed a second offence in running away, that his dread of Auckland was so great that it made him tremble to think of it. A thing not much to be wondered at in-deed; and he did look most horribly frightened cer-tainly, when I talked to him of going there again. I thought I would let him alone a few days to give him time to get over his apprehensions, and sent Rarawa to him, and Te Tai yesterday; but found they were both, as well as most of the tribe, off to a hakari, which is to take place in a few days at the other side of Whangape. I dare say he will go, by and bye. I have some pretty good grounds for believing that the appre-hensions of the Wake have been increased by the Iec-turings he has received from a certain person at Herd's Point, who wishes to prevent his going, and with that view, has led him to think he might be trapped.

The letter to Waikato is in course of signa-ture, and is being taken over the whole district. All the principal Ngapuhi Chifes have signified their more than willingness to sign it.

All is peace and quietness here; no excite-pent of any kind, - Hakaris, hapungas, gum-digging, and wheat-planting, being the order of the day. New settlers are drifting in, morchants, Ieasers of flax fields, and others; and Hokianga seems to be in a more progressive condition than ever before. I am very busy, and so must content myself for this time with wishing you well through the coming session, and all your enemies under your feet, as I make no doubt they will be.

Believe me, sincerely yours, (Signed)
F.E. Manng.

Part of:
Inward letters - F E Maning, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0445 (56 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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