Object #1011393 from MS-Papers-0032-0124

8 pages written 22 Jun 1850 by Henry Halse in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean

From: Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0124 (59 digitised items). Includes a letter in Maori giving assurances that they will do whatever is expected of them from the police

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COPY. New Plymouth
June 22nd. 1850


Sir,

I beg to furnish the Report for the fortnight ending this day:-
June 9th.

Sunday Parade at 10 p'clock.

The "Scotia" loading for Wellington.
June 10th.

The prisoner, Rops, commenced his work at the Henui bridge, in the custody of private Heale, who takes charge of him for one week.

I posted a letter to you by this day's Overland Mail.

Mr. Smart called at the Police Barracks, and said he had no intention to continue cutting timber from Section 204 at the Waiwakaiho.

The "Scotia" sailed for Wellington; passenger, Mr. Marsh; cargo, 42 tons, 7 cwt, flour; 5 tons potatoes.

Stewart engaged at Mr. Gudgeon's.

A man named William Jones found drank, and locked up.
June 11th.

Medland engaged at Mr. Davies' during the removal of his family to town.

Stewart engaged the same as yesterday.

By direction of Captain King, I went to the "Grey Institution" to inspect work. Materials and goods supplied by Government for the use of that Institution.

Johnson left in charge of the Barracks during my absence.

I was informed this afternoon that Mr. Davies left his house yesterday evening at 7 o'clock, and not returned there. Inquiry was at once made by the Police.
June 12th.

Having ascertained that Mr. Davies was seen on Monday night at about 9 o'clock on the Northern side of Marsland Hill, and not being able to gather any later intelligence about him, the search commenced in and about that neighbourhood at daylight, and was continued until nightfall, without any success.
June 13th.

At daylight, the Police, assisted by natives, renewed the search. The river Huatoki was examined from a canoe, which Mr. Govett had taken to the pool on the inland side of the dam, belonging to Mr. Samuel Oliver's flour mill.
June 14th.

The same, with additional strength.

A Notice, in Maori, appeared on the bridge.
June 15th.

Search continued.

A Native Meeting held at Waitara. Reported that Mr. Davies had been to a native hut near Paritutu last evening, and asked an old woman who was there, for some potatoes; also if she would sell him a small pig, for which he tendered 1/6; and on leaving the hut he rubbed his hands together in a manner peculiar to idiots. On this information, one of the Police left instantly on horseback, followed by several natives, some of whom remained for the night.
June 16th.

Sunday Parade, after which three of the Police left for Moturoa.

Mr. Turton, having seen the old native woman, felt satisfied of the truth of her statement; and therefore urged his congregation to go in search, feeling assured they would find the wandering man in the neighbourhood of Moturoa. His advice was well responded to. People flocked down in numbers; and, turn which way you would, a human head was sure to be seen. In short, Moturoa was alive with searchers.
June 17th.

Search continued by Police, settlers and natives.

I went to the Waiwakaiho, and found Honi Ropiha recovering from his recent illness.

Johnson in charge of the prisoner Rops for the whole of this week.

Overland Mail from Wellington.

The report of the 15th. proved true, in almost every respect, except in the individual, who proved to be Mr. Ryan, who was at the time looking for Mr. Davies, and amongst other places, went into the old native woman's hut, and asked the questions already mentioned.
June 18th.

Anniversary of the enrollment of the Armed Police in this settlement.

At daylight, two of the Police had a final search for Mr. Davies, and returned to Barracks at 4 p.m. without success.

Rawiri came to Barracks to report the cause of the Native Meeting at Waitara. It appears that Taonui, a Chief living at the Paripari, an inland settlement, has offered for sale to the Government, a large tract of land, beginning at Waitara, and on to Mokau; partly as payment for an old curse from the Ngatiawas.
June 20th.

The "Shepherdess", Swan, from Kawhia; passenger, Mr. Hulke; cargo, 470 bushels wheat.

A Waitara native, named Eriwana, brought a complaint against W.S. King, who refused to have the dispute inquired into by the Police.

Overland Mail left for Auckland.
June 21st.

The "William and James", Newsham, from Manukau, 6 days; passengers, - Mr. and Mrs. Gervis, N. Hooker, W. Bishop, Mr. Walner; general cargo.

I received from Matina 4/- for Mrs. Delany.

The "Shepherdess" sailed for Wellington; passengers - Mr. and Mrs. Churchill and family, and Martina; cargo, 180 bags flour, 49 kits kumeras, 32 kits maize, 29 bushels maize, 95 kits potatoes, 20 kits carrots, 1 cask pork. I wrote to you by her.

"The William and James" sailed for Mokau with native trade.

Ihaia, from Waitara, called at the Barracks, about some outstanding native accounts, in favour of Mrs. Delany.

Died - Mrs. Allen, from cancer in the heart, after a long illness.
June 22nd.

General muster at 10 o'clock.

I was engaged with Erewina, in diapute with William S. King. Received two summonses against W.S. King and George W. George.

The duties of the Police continue to be attended to, and all is quiet here.

I have the honour to be


Sir, Your most obedient servant (Signed)
H. Kalse.
Sergt. To:- D. McLean Esq. J.P. Inspector of Police.

Part of:
Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0124 (59 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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