Object #1010459 from MS-Papers-0032-0566

4 pages written 3 Sep 1869 by William Nicholas Searancke in Hamilton City to Sir Donald McLean in Wellington

From: Inward letters - W N Searancke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0566 (65 digitised items). 62 letters written from Hamilton, Raglan, Ngaruawhahia, Alexandra, 1869-1873 & undated letters from Otaki, Manawatu, Castle Point, Rangitikei, Waiuku, Wellington, The Hutt, Whangarei and Raglan. Also undated map showing coastal strip extending south from Kukutauaki to Paekakariki (Waikanae Block?). Letter in Maori to Searancke from Heta Tarawhiti of Taupiri, 1869.

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English (ATL)

COPY. Hamilton

3rd. September 1869

My dear McLean,

The arrival of Hallet and some natives at Alexandra last Monday brings sad news that Te Kooti is still at Ringoroa, busily employed stealing horses and cattle. Manuhiri, in his letter giving this information, expresses great disgust at his proceedings; and I hear that sevarl of the Waikatos still expect another visit from him. But I do not think this will be the case, except he can muster a sufficient force to carry all before him. My own conviction is that Te Kooti is bound for Tauranga side where he will find Friendlies.

The Waikatos brought down a mob of cattle for sale a few days ago, which were bought by Major Jackson at Alexandra, - and have been large purchasers of food lately, ever since Te Kooti left the District.

Rewi Manga is still with Te Kooti, and I hear that his object is to get hold of the £600, which it is reported the latter brought with him from the Chathams, and which it is said is still intact.

The Princess Sophia, (Sir G. Grey's friend) returned from Kawhia yesterday, stopping at Te Kopua, whence she sent to Alexandra to purchase goods extensively.

Everything at present appears very quiet amongst the Natives (King.) Their only object appears to be to make friends amongst the Kupapas, and are to be met with at all the Native Settlements in the District.

Your letter to L.H. went on yesterday, and was safely delivered.

I am much amused by a letter I have this day received from Wi te Whero, the Commanding Officer at Rangiriri, in answer to a telegram I sent him to the effect that the Natives were to return home on the 31st. (i.e.) to go off pay. Wi tells me that he intends remaining with his party at Rangiriri, until they receive their pay; and Wi tells me that they actually have not received their pay for May. I have sent on the letter with Translation, for Rollin's special edification. Rollin telegraphed to me to enquire what pay was due to them, but as I know nothing about their engagement, rates of pay, etc and had other appointments at the time, I was unable to give him the information.

The irregular manner in which things are done here, have long been a source of amusement to me, and then when there is a difficulty, I have to clear it up. However, I fear I am writing treason, so will conclude,

and am
Yours faithfully (Signed)
William N. Searancke.
To:- D. McLean Esq. Wellington.

Part of:
Inward letters - W N Searancke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0566 (65 digitised items)
Series 1 Inward letters (English), Reference Number Series 1 Inward letters (English) (14501 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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