Object #1010980 from MS-Papers-0032-0022

4 pages written 10 Nov 1868 by William Leonard Williams in Turanganui to Sir Donald McLean

From: Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0022 (82 digitised items). Comprises correspondence, memoranda and reports from December 1868, relating to the military campaign against Te Kooti.Includes letters from Maori such as Rapata Wahawaha regarding ammunitions

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COPY. Turanganui

November 10th. 1868



Dear Sir,

I wrote you a few hurried lines this morning, but I knew very little then of what had actually taken place here.

The Hau Haus - probably the escaped prisoners - made a descent upon this place last night, or rather between 2 and 3 o'clock this morning; and massacred at least 27 of the European inhabitants of this district, including Major Biggs, Mr. Wilson, Lieut. Walsh, with their wives and families. There are also about 20 natives killed - perhaps more. In fact the marauders seem to have spared no one they fell in with.

Capt. Westrup and all the Europeans from the other side of the Bay have fled to Wairoa, by the Coast road. Some of the women and children from this place are going away either in the ''Tawera'' or the ''Success''. We have a few of Henare Potae's men here; and a small number of Europeans, and that is all. You see, therefore, that we are in a rather defenceless position; and you will know best what can be done to relieve us. You will be able, also, to communicate with the Wairoa, and organise any expedition from that side, which may appear likely to be of advantage in the present crisis.

Capt. Read is going, and will give you all particulars.


I remain Yours truly (Signed)
W.L. Williams.
To:- D. McLean Esq.

Part of:
Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0022 (82 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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