Object #1009742 from MS-Papers-0032-0018

3 pages written 30 Mar 1865 by Sir Donald McLean in Napier City to John Williams Harris

From: Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0018 (58 digitised items). Paper about McLean taking several notable Maori including Wi Taki Ngatata and Matene Te Whiwhi to Turanga (1865), to determine the Maori attitude towards the Paimarire religion.

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My dear Sir,

I should be gd. to hear from you respecting the state of affairs at Turanga.

I send the "St.Kilda" down there today with Wi Tako, Matene te Whi Whi and other chiefs, and people from the West Coast, The Revd. S. Williams accompanies them, She remains two days at Turanga if necessary - I trust the above Chiefs may exercise a good influence in your district. The Maories as you must have often observed are constantly presenting new phases of character, but we have never known anything to equal the diabolical proceedings of the Pai Mariri.

If I can be of any assistance to the Europeans at Turanga at any time it will afford me much pleasure to be able to do so.

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We are quiet in this Province except certain coverts to the new faith of the Uriwera, Wairoa and Petane upon whom under the influence of this fanticism no reliance can be placed.

In former times you and I cd. pretty well estimate what Natives would, or would not do, but the new creed places all estimates and predictions beyond the bounds of calmalation.

I remain,
Yours faithfully, (Signed)
Donald McLean. Napier,
30th March, 65.

Harris,Turanga.

English (ATL)

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My dear Sir,

I should be gd. to hear from you respecting the state of affairs at Turanga.

I send the "St.Kilda" down there today with Wi Tako, Matene te Whi Whi and other chiefs, and people from the West Coast, The Revd. S. Williams accompanies them, She remains two days at Turanga if necessary - I trust the above Chiefs may exercise a good influence in your district. The Maories as you must have often observed are constantly presenting new phases of character, but we have never known anything to equal the diabolical proceedings of the Pai Mariri.

If I can be of any assistance to the Europeans at Turanga at any time it will afford me much pleasure to be able to do so.

We are quiet in this Province except certain coverts to the new faith of the Uriwera, Wairoa and Petane upon whom under the influence of this fanticism no reliance can be placed.

In former times you and I cd. pretty well estimate what Natives would, or would not do, but the new creed places all estimates and predictions beyond the bounds of calmalation.

I remain,
Yours faithfully, (Signed)
Donald McLean. Napier,
30th March, 65.

Harris,Turanga.

Part of:
Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0018 (58 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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