Object #1007572 from MS-Papers-0032-0125

4 pages written 12 Oct 1850 by Henry Halse in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean

From: Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0125 (46 digitised items). No Item Description

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COPY. New Plymouth

October 12th. 1850.


I beg to forward the usual Police Report, for the fortnight ending this day:-

September 25th.

Sunday Parade at ten o'clock.

September 30th.

Johnson and Hakopa went to Major Gudgeon's, and Hopkinson's, at the Waiwakaiho, in order to see whether any cattle belonging to natives were trespassing there. None were seen.

October 1st.

By Captain King's direction, I went to the "Grey Institution", to inspect furniture, etc., supplied by the Reverend H.H. Turton for that Institution.

Ihaia and Tipene, of the Waitara, called about an account of Mrs. Delany's, against a native named Raianiha, of the Mamaku.

October 2nd.

The "Sarah Berry", Northank, from Manukau, with sundries; passengers - Mrs. Black and Mrs. Candish.

At 6 o'clock this evening Raianiha and a party of Waitara natives, headed by Wiremu Kingi, came to the Police Barracks about an alleged balance due to Mrs. Delany. The enquiry lasted four hours.

October 3rd.

Court Day. No case.

Raianiha paid balance of account due to Mrs. Delany; and the party dispersed.

Watitiri was in town.

Tamati returned from the South.

The "John Whiteley", 40 tons, J. Riddell, from Auckland; cargo - sundries; sailed for Manukau, in ballast.

The "Shepherdess", Swan, from Kawhia; cargo - 72 kits of wheat.

The "Sarah Berry", Northank, 15 tons; sailed for Manukau; passengers - Miss King and Mr. Flood, tailor; cargo - sundries and dairy produce.

October 4th.

Overland Mail from Wellington. I received several letters from you, and enclosures for natives.

October 5th.

The "Shepherdess" sailed for Wellington; cargo - 1 cask pork, 1/2 ton potatoes, 15 kits maize, 16 bags flour, 2 bags seconds, 1 cask, 1 box, 7 bags bran, 12 kits potatoes.

General muster, Medland on duty at Police Office. Sent Heale to the Waiwakaiho.

October 6th.

Parade at the usual hour.

Honi Ropiha went to E Waka at the Kawau, about the disputed land at Omata. E Waka promised to write to you.

October 7th.

Tamati te Ngahuru brought a letter to Barracks for you.

At noon Private Stewart left for the South, with letters for you.

Eight Puketapu natives, headed by Raniera, armed with Tomahawks, went to Mr. Heale's garden, and demanded the tikanga of a new shrub, Matiu of the Kawau had fetched from the forest. Two or three of the party in the walk directed Raniera to the plant (toi). He pulled it out of the ground when an attempt was made by some gentleman on the spot, to get them outside the fence; but they only left of themselves, after being, throughout, insolent and noisy. Mr. Halse brought two tois from Natiu for 10/-.

The "Shepherdess" returned, and anchored; wind, South West.

October 8th.

Mr. Chilman threw a bill-hook at a bullock trespassing on his crops, and wounded it in the leg. The animal fell to the ground, and remained on the spot. The owners, natives, hearing of the occurrence from Mrs. Chilman, were excited, and threatened him with violence.

Mrs. Chilman settled the business by keeping the wounded animal, one of the Davey's old bullocks, and paying the sum of £22.10/-.

October 9th.

The "Shepherdess" again sailed for Wellington. I went to Waiwakaiho, to see Honi Ropiha about E Waka's affair. I also went to Honi Ropiha Utuhia, on the same business, and was informed that E Waka was inland near Mangere.

October 10th.

I sent Hakopa with a letter to E Waka.

Died - James Bosworth, at the Hospital. Captain King authorised me to see Mr. Carrington about marking out the boundary at Kaiwaru.

Honi Ropiha came to Barracks.

Overland Mail from Auckland.

Hakopa returned, after a difficult search for E Waka.

October 11th.

A small shock took place here between two and three this morning; harmless.

The "Mariner", Harland, 2 days from Nelson, with 28 passengers and goods for this settlement. Mr. Hursthouse returned by this opportunity.

By Captain King's direction, four of the Police assisted at the funeral of the late James Bosworth.

S. Andrews v. W. Bayly; case, assault; defendant fined 10/- with costs.

The same v. the same; assault. Both parties bound over in the sum of £20, and sureties for £10. Costs divided.

Another shake took place between 11 and 12 p.m. No damage.

October 12th.

General muster. Medland on duty at the Police Office, and Heale at the Bonding Store.

No communication with the "Mariner", owing to a strong breeze from the South West.

Overland Mail left for Auckland.

The duties of the police continue to be attended to, and all here is quiet.

I have the honour to be Sir, Your most obedient, servant (Signed)
H. Halse
October 13th.

I sent Johnson and Hakopa to Moturoa, to enquire into the shooting and wounding of a horse belonging to a native. It appears a report of a gun was heard by natives last night, in the direction of W. Henwood's house at Moturoa. Spots of blood were found on some weeds in or near Henwood's wheat, and footsteps seen coming from and leading to the house in question. Further enquiries still to be instituted.

To:- D. McLean Esq. J.P.
Inspector of Police.

Part of:
Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0125 (46 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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