Object #1010386 from MS-Papers-0032-0023
From: Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0023 (100 digitised items). No Item Description
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February 5th. 1869.
I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 2nd. February.
In accordance with your wish, I enclose copy of letter reporting Expedition to Waikare Moana.
Since that date nothing has been seen or heard of John Gemmel, or the native woman, Tuku.
Felix Goulet has removed his sheep on to the Owhia Block, - Mr. Finlayson's property on the East bank of Waiau. The natives of the Wairoa are again disturbed by the predictions of one of their Dreamers, - that danger threatens the district. I confess, individually, to have no confidence whatever in Pairau Rangikai Tipuake;
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and think it unwise and unsafe to place any dependence upon professions of peace, from any of the Urewera Chiefs after what has occurred. I can only form an estimate of the character of these Chiefs from the knowledge possessed by our own natives; and they are unanimously of opinion that no reliance can be placed upon their professions. It is some time since the Honble. J.C. Richmond's letter was forwarded to Pairau; and even judging, alone, from their detention of Tuku, and probable slaughter of Gemmel, it is clear that they have no real intention of submitting themselves to the Government. The last Expedition from here has established the fact beyond dispute, - that the Lake settlements, particularly Tiki Tiki, afford secure shelter to all the
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refugees and vagabonds from the Coast line. It is confidently believed that all those who got away from Turanga have made the Lake district in safety; and if Te Waru be alive, it is simply waste of time writing letters to Chiefs of the Urewera.
I have found it necessary to devote the last few days entirely to assisting in the paying of the natives, for the several Expeditions in which they have been engaged. A number of Ihaka's people being absent at Turanga, their payment will have to stand over until the next month.
I have the honor to remain Sir, Your obedient servant (Signed)
To:- His Honor D. McLean Esq. Napier.
Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0023 (100 digitised items)
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