June 2nd, 1865.
As Mr. S. Deighton is going to Napier, I take the opportunity of writing although I have little to say. Since sending the previous letter the union jack has been hoisted on the ground where the first meeting took place at the Uhi the Hauhau were rather annoyed at first and said they would cut it down, but they changed their minds when I explained that Hamana and the other owners of the land who belonged to the Government party had every right to hoist colours - and that it was not intended as a challenge - but on the contrary that all the natives of this district - as long as they behaved properly - would not be interfered with in any way - I told them also that there were two things that I particularly wished to see carried out - one was that all natives from other places should return at once so as to leave these people to manage their own affairs and the other the peace of this coast. They told me in return that Watene and the others were going home directly that they were tired of them - One of the inland people on another occasion told me that all Natives from other places should return, but that he should still continue the Hauhau worship as he was tired of subscribing to Church matters etc. The Natives here are all very anxious for Government employment such as making roads, police, etc. I feel confident if you had a hold
in Turanga that with a little management the inland people here could be employed in making a road to that district which would employ their minds and bring them under Government - But you want money! Paora apatu says if he had seen Hirini te Kani he would have persuaded him to sell at Turanga Paora is a claimant there - I should not mind going to Turanga if land were bought there Paora and Kopu want to go to Napier before you go to Wellington they could go in the steamer after Turiroa is settled for - I forget whether there is a clause in the act for the Direct purchase from the Natives to the effect that the Government could reserve such portions of the land as they require for public purposes there ought to be - Worgan wants now to hire that part of his property which on the road - the frontage to about six sections - from the Government for twentyone years and to be allowed to buy the sections at the back at the upset price, Old Worgan is going to Town about the matter - The Natives appear to be satisfied with the goods I brought from Newtons and Turine Kopu is working away at his Pa - I have given out the Muskets, to Kohea(s party - Ihaka mentioned to the people of Nuhaka when speaking about building a pa that you had promised one hundred pounds I expect some of the others will be expecting something bye and bye.
I remain, Dear Sir,
To His Honour
D. McLean, Esqr.,
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