Object #1007757 from MS-Papers-0032-0518
3 pages written 21 Nov 1873 by Edward Walter Puckey in Thames
From: Inward letters - E W Puckey, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0518 (57 digitised items).
55 letters written from Thames & Auckland, 1863-1876.Includes letter from McLean to Puckey (marked confidential), Jun 1871; letter from Te Hira Te Tuiu, Ohinemuri, 23 Oct 1871 (in Maori); letter from Te Ao o Te Kowhai, Te Kuiti, 30 Oct 1871 (in Maori).
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
Nov. 21, 1873
My dear Sir
I was at Ohinemuri last week and had a long conversation with Te Hira about the political state of the country - he expressed a strong desire to see the new Governor - if you contrast this wish with what you know used to be his state of feeling at the time when I accompanied Mr Clarke and yourself to Ohinemuri in December 1869 you will find a very pleasing change but it is not so much with respect to that I am writing to you now. the conversation after touching on Ohinemuri matters which so far as his personal feelings are concerned are unchanged touched upon the Waikato question and the visit of Tawhiao to Alexandra - He said - "that is the end of the trouble of this load we are all one now" I have every reason to believe that the old man meant what he said - and I hope that the next time you come to Auckland you will be able to devote a little more time to the Thames District - I am sure you would feel repaid by a visit to Ohinemuri if it were only by seeing the growing loyalty of the Hauhaus -
I even venture to hope that when you visit Ohinemuri Te Hira will become a Queen native. I may perhaps be too sanguine - but if he does not absolutely renounce Hauhauism, he will do the next best thing and instead of opposing us at every step he will not be always against us for the sake of opposition.
Your obedient servt.
The Hon.D. McLean
Inward letters - E W Puckey, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0518 (57 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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