Object #1008560 from MS-Papers-0032-0022

3 pages written 10 Nov 1868 by William Leonard Williams in Turanganui to Sir Donald McLean

From: Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0022 (82 digitised items). Comprises correspondence, memoranda and reports from December 1868, relating to the military campaign against Te Kooti.Includes letters from Maori such as Rapata Wahawaha regarding ammunitions

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COPY. Turanganui

November 10th. 1868


8 a.m.
Dear Sir,

I am sorry to say the Hau Haus have surprised Matawhero, and killed Capt. Biggs, Mr. Wilson - and I am unable to say how many others. They attacked the place between 2 and 3 o'clock this morning.

We have a few of M. Potae's men; and there will soon be a number from the coast; but as poor Biggs is gone, there is no one to take command.

Women and children are coming in here, as they can, but we do not know yet who is killed, and who is safe.

A messenger has just gone to bring the ''Tawera'' back from Tolaga Bay. Till she comes, we can only have communication with you by land.

I will write again by the next opportunity.


I remain Yours truly (Signed)
W.I. Williams
To:- D. McLean Esq.

Part of:
Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0022 (82 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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