Object #1011987 from MS-Papers-0032-0658
From: Inward letters - George B Worgan, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0658 (95 digitised items). 93 letters and memos written from Wairoa, Napier and Wanganui, 1864-1873. Includes piece-level inventory of letters accessioned pre-1969.
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Feby. 22. 1869
Col. Lambert arrived on the 20th and I did not hear anything from him until after I had written to you - After going over the old ground he referred to the Expedition now being got up and after stating that ''The govt. knew Te Waru with 60 men to be at the Lake'' and that ''the Ureweras refused assistance to Te Kooti'' That ''the Govt. had written to the Ureweras and were satisfied of their peaceful intentions'' - Then he went on to say that ''Te Waru with 60 men was not to be easily encountered and that he didn't look for any good result from any
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Native movements'' etc. and finally ordered me ''to put a stop to the Expedition'' -
After all this ''he regretted the existence of the Block House at Te Kapa that it was a source of weakness''; at the same time replying to the few settlers who wished to return to their farms ''that they must do as they liked that he didnt think there was much danger etc'' -
Now really what is to be understood from all this - I forgot to add the most important item perhaps of the whole - In reference to obtaining information which he stated the Govt. were most anxious to do - ''He thought a few intelligent men could do much, but then you see if they were surprised and captured the Govt. would be called on to take notice of it'' - As an after thought that ''if the natives did anything they must do it at their own risk and not look in any way to the Govt.''
Does Col. Lambert really express the views of the Govt. on these subjects? Whence do the Govt. derive such accurate information as to enable the Col. to speak so decidedly on their movements - the enemy's - ? However you are certain to be much more throughly conversant with the line of argument that I have glanced at than I am
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I should not waste your time with any mention of it - if I felt any confidence whatever in the present condition of things and could at the same time feel there was any chance of their being improved - The natives themselves are anxious to make an attack on these scattered parties and obtain the use for settlement of the Lands - Whether it is politic to thwart them I leave it for you to decide - I would be very thankful if you would spare time to send me a
few hints for my guidance in all these conflicting matters.
I, beg to remain Dear Sir Your obedt. Servt.
George B. Worgan
D. McLean Esq.
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Monday 4 p.m.
P.S. A native came in today from Patue te Paora's Pa - and says that 'Taumata' the old-cheif of Kaotea had just returned from ''Ngapatahi'' and that the whole of those people together with the Ureweras of the Lake had joined Te Kooti I am disposed to think this is true - altho Col. Lambert told me today that you were his authority for saying the Ureweras refused to join ''Te Kooti'' - 'Taumata' added that 'Te Waru' was at his old place at 'Mahona rere wai'. S. W. corner of Lake - and Ngatimati Wai had returned to their plantations at Te Kiwi etc. the Natives are all pleased with the interference with their expedition - Paul did not meet Ihaka who had not reached Mohaka with his prisoners. Taiwhanakua Tapa threatened to slay his son 'Karepa' - upon which Ihaka interfered so Paul says.
G. B. W.
Inward letters - George B Worgan, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0658 (95 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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