Object #1009308 from MS-Papers-0032-0013
From: Secretary, Native Department - War in Taranaki and Waikato and King Movement, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0013 (26 digitised items). Includes lists of Maori killed at Mahoetahi 6 November 1860 and includes letters signed by Maori such as Tawhiao but penned in McLean's hand or by other government officials.
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15 Octr. 1860
The Natives at this Pah relatives of the dead Maori are quiet and sullen they arenot likely to do anything for the present.
It is difficult to arrive at the causes of the mans death, the most probable inference is that it was accidentally occasioned
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by himself when out shooting or it may have been by one of his companionns, from some old grudge.
The Natives assert that it was a European and suspect a man in the neighbourhood who has been a convict.
Ihaka the chief of the place is hourly expected if he comes
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today the matter can be enquired into, if not an examination will take place tomorrow.
The corpse is now in a horrid state of decomposition.
One of the hands is mutilated by the ball which passed into the mans body -- the natives object to its being extracted.
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I am in hopes that the matter will not assume a very serious aspect, although there is no doubt it may be used as a pretext for a quarrel.
The Venble. Archdeacon Maunsell and Waata Kukutai have been giving every assistance to Major Speedy in allaying the excitement occasioned by this unfortunate circumstance.
I expect to return from here tomorrow unless --
Secretary, Native Department - War in Taranaki and Waikato and King Movement, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0013 (26 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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