Object #1011465 from MS-Papers-0032-0516
3 pages written 22 Nov 1860 by James Wathan Preece in Coromandel to Sir Donald McLean in Wellington
From: Inward letters - James Preece, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0516 (44 digitised items).
43 letters written from Thames, Urewera and Coromandel (Stapleton), 1845-1870. Includes letter from Mary Ann Preece, 1861 re her son Wathen; letter from James Preece to his son George, 1870.
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
Novr. 22 1860
My very dear Sir,
The news from Taranaki has made a great stir amongst the Natives of the Thames on account of the death of Wetini as he and Te Paniwha and Rawiri te Na are all descended from the same root Rawiri has sent a letter to Te Paniwha in which he expresses a wish to resent Wetini's death on some of the scattered Europeans about Paoranganui but the whole of the natives here refuse to have anything to do with it they say that if ''Wetini has been drinking tutu and got himself killed they will not follow his example'' Paniwha Maihi and Horopeta left here yesterday morning in the Eclair for Wharekara to see Rawiri they will try to get him to accompany them to Taupo and meet Korinake and Ngatiroa and then go to the Waiheke and see Patane and then go on to Auckland I believe that their object is to get permission from the Governor to remove the Body of Wetini and that would satisfy his partyI trust that the Government will grant their request Governor Hobson did the same with Maketu the clergy may object but I think that is an extreme case like thisthat the Government should insist I have known bodies removed in England after being buried in consecrated ground I thought that it was well to let you know what is the feeling amongst the natives on the subject they
may not be at Auckland before the end of next week as they will be delayed on the way as I believe that the general feeling amongst the natives here with regard to Wetini is that it served him right I will keep you informed what is the movement here as anything occurs every thing is quiet at present.
I have the honor to be
Your obedient servant,
Inward letters - James Preece, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0516 (44 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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