Object #1008690 from MS-Papers-0032-0020

3 pages written 7 Sep 1868 by George Tovey Buckland Worgan to Napier City

From: Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0020 (47 digitised items). Comprise correspondence, memoranda and reports mainly relating to McLean's work as Government Agent in charge of the campaign against Te KootiAlso includes letters in Maori from Maori such as Mokena Te Kohere and Mohi Turei regarding ammunitions and provisions

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Sept. 7th, 68


I have held from the first that the difficulty arising from the escape of the Chatham Island prisoners might admit of a peaceful solution. I am the more fully confirmed from private information I have received that notwithstanding what has occurred and the hostile attitude assumed by the Enemy that such a settlement is still possible -- The Government will be by this throughly convinced of the total failure that has attended every effort yet made to obtain any information or knowledge of the objects and proceedings of the enemy. I have been written to by relatives of men amongst them, and believe that I could effect that which I think scarcely anyone else could, both my correspondents and myself may be in error as to our views -- but I am certain of this much that if no other good results should accrue that I can acquire accurate information as to their movements objects and position towards which my acquaintance with the country would largely contribute. Perilous and uncertain as the attempt might prove, I am willing to make it upon certain conditions

1 st. That the Govt. give me full power to make any arrangement with or disposition of the friendly Chiefs --

2nd That the Government inform me exactly of what terms they are prepared to grant to the enemy and that all pledges made by me in their behalf be held binding and sacred.

3rd. That the matter be kept perfectly secret as the one element necessary to any hope of success.

I am influenced by no motive other than a belief in the possibility of the success of my plans, and a deep grief at the blow which is struck at the prosperity of the fine districts of Poverty Bay and 'Wairoa'.

If successful I shall have saved the Colony many thousand pounds of Expense and many valuable lives; if disappointed in obtaining the whole results I hope for, I shall at any rate have gained reliable information -- I wouldn't be tied to time for a few weeks -- I should need authority to incur certain expenditure in the employment of friendly natives etc. Altho' I must sacrifice my professional pursuits entirely for the time being -- I will leave the question of my own remuneration to the Govt:

The Basis of my plan is the desire felt by many of the ex prisoners to return to their relatives and old Homes; beyond this I decline to say. I should take two white men only with me -- the number of natives would depend upon depend upon consultation and agreement with the Chiefs I should wish the matter throughout to be entirely a native affair.

If the Govt: think fit to entertain my proposition it must be at once, and it must be understood that I make it through a sense of duty, and not from any personal desire --

I beg to remain Sir
Your most Obedt.Servt.
George B.Worgan
To Joseph Rhodes Esqr. Napier

Part of:
Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0020 (47 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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