Object #1011126 from MS-Papers-0032-0020

2 pages written 14 Oct 1868 by Samuel Deighton and Edward Lister Green

From: Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0020 (47 digitised items). Comprise correspondence, memoranda and reports mainly relating to McLean's work as Government Agent in charge of the campaign against Te KootiAlso includes letters in Maori from Maori such as Mokena Te Kohere and Mohi Turei regarding ammunitions and provisions

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TRUE COPY. (Signed)
Edward L. Green.
Secretary to G.G. Agent. Wednesday. 14th. October 1868.

My dear Sir,

What I feared has come to pass. Karaitiana and his companions have been murdered by Te Kooti. Nauri is missing, with all his people. Te Waru. the same.

If you remember, I mentioned in a former letter, that what I feared most was that finding provisions scarce, that the Prisoners would come down to Oriwha, for potatoes. They have done so; and unfortunately met Karaitiana, and have most probably made Te Waru join them,--- that is, if he has been un-willing, which I doubt.

We are in a bad position here. Our Friendlies are not courageous. We have a more than doubtful lot; Kurupakuka close to the township; and a mere handful of half-trained men against a fierce and vindicative enemy; who are gaining additions daily to their numbers. I sincerely hope that assistance be sent to us without delay. Otherwise, I fear for the worst.

Tuke has written to Whitmore and your- self. I trust, my dear Sir, you will excuse my being so urgent in the matter; but if something is not done at once by the Government, the result will be fearful to contemplate. Above all things, send provisions. We have scarcely any. I have only three boxes biscuits, and four large bags of flour, left of Government stores. We shall also require more ammunition; but Tuke will tell you all about that part.

Yours very truly, (Signed)
S. Deighton.

Part of:
Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0020 (47 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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