Object #1008494 from MS-Papers-0032-0141

4 pages written 21 Nov 1868 by John A'Deane to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Surnames, Ab to Al, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0141 (33 digitised items). Correspondents: F S Abbott, Wellington & Waipawa, 1853-1869 (5 letters); A Abel, Melbourne, 1854 (2 letters); P Abercrombie, Barrier Island & Auckland, 1841-1858 (5 letters); A B Abraham, Taranaki, Melbourne & London, 1848-1864 (2 letters); Bishop C J Abraham, Auckland & Wellington, 1856-1863 & undated (6 letters); John A'Deane, Aschott, 1865-1875 (8 letters); Dr Alfred Agassiz, Mercury Bay, 1871 (1 letter); William Aitken, Auckland, 1864 (1 letter); Dr Andrew Aldcorn, Melbourne, 1854 (1 letter); Douglas Alderson, Dunedin, 1867-1869 (2 letters); J Aldridge, Auckland, 1872 (1 letter).

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English (ATL)

COPY Ashcott

21st. November 1868



My dear McLean,

Reports are rife here, that the Hau Haus are coming through the 70 Mile Bush, from Wairarapa, or West Coast. The natives at Te Ka Kini Pah express alarm.

Mrs. A'Deane is in a great state of alarm, and goes to bed every night with the expectation of a visit from these fanatics to murder her children.

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Although not an alarmist, I considered that all possible precautions should be taken, and trust that in looking after the Front, you have not forgotten the Rear.

I shall be glad to hear whether you have heard the report to which I have alluded.

I would suggest that some arrangement should be made by which the inhabitants in this neighbourhood should

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English (ATL)

get some warning of a reliable nature if real danger approaches; so that they may be able to place their women and children in safety, and prepare themselves to fight.


Trusting you will send a few lines by return that may assist me in reassuring the ladies in my neighbourhood, believe me to be very truly yours (Signed)
John A'Deane
To:- D. McLean Esq.

English (ATL)

COPY Ashcott

21st. November 1868



My dear McLean,

Reports are rife here, that the Hau Haus are coming through the 70 Mile Bush, from Wairarapa, or West Coast. The natives at Te Ka Kini Pah express alarm.

Mrs. A'Deane is in a great state of alarm, and goes to bed every night with the expectation of a visit from these fanatics to murder her children.

Although not an alarmist, I considered that all possible precautions should be taken, and trust that in looking after the Front, you have not forgotten the Rear.

I shall be glad to hear whether you have heard the report to which I have alluded.

I would suggest that some arrangement should be made by which the inhabitants in this neighbourhood should get some warning of a reliable nature if real danger approaches; so that they may be able to place their women and children in safety, and prepare themselves to fight.


Trusting you will send a few lines by return that may assist me in reassuring the ladies in my neighbourhood, believe me to be very truly yours (Signed)
John A'Deane
To:- D. McLean Esq.

Part of:
Inward letters - Surnames, Ab to Al, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0141 (33 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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