Object #1012119 from MS-Papers-0032-0243

3 pages written 17 Nov 1865 by Samuel Deighton

From: Inward letters - Samuel Deighton, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0243 (74 digitised items). 74 letters written from Wanganui, Wairoa and Chatham Islands, 1859-1873, and undated. Includes plan for a court house.

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Friday 17th. Nov. 1865


My dear Sir

A large Runanga was held at Kopus place the other day and it was agreed upon by all hands Hau Haus as well as Kawauria that no one was to take part in the Turanga dispute, the meeting went off very well and Kopu spoke his mind most freely. He told the Hau Haus that if he found any one going there that he would take care he did not return again, and moreover if he heard of any Maori coming from Turanga who had implicated himself in the disturbances there, he would take him prisoner and send him to Town. Two natives arrived here the other day from Turanga and actually had the impudence to come to town and try and sell one of Harris's horses, I heard of it half an hour too late. So did Kopu who sent after him but the bird had flown.

I am sorry to say there is likely to be a little disturbance today and my object in writing now is to let you know so that in case of anything unpleasant you will be more prepared. The case is this -- It appears that a bush or carrot run has been set fire to by Karauria Te iwi Rori in a fit of anger, owing to some of the Hau Haus having taken ''Kie Kie'' without his knowledge the cause of his anger was very trifling and absurd, but he beinga/mad hot headed individual, took the measure I have named. The bush in question belongs to all the natives Hau Haus and Queens.

After the occurrence took place a messenger was sent for me to go over and have a Runga at the bush or at the Hau Hau Pa. I declined of course telling them that my whare whakawa was on this ide of the river and that if they came accross this morning at 10 o'clock I would hear their complaints.

Kopu and I also sent a letter to Teretiri the principal Hau Hau complainat, and Karauria to come over and have the case properly heard. I expect them all over at 10. If it all goes off quietly I shall leave here on Monday if not I shall at once dispatch a messenger to Port with the news. It may be all right but as there is a great deal of excitement about it I thought It better to put you on your guard.

I sent the Waata Kohi Kohi down by the Sailors bride I suppose by this time he has reached Port.

I am My dear Sir
faithfully yours
S. Deighton.

Part of:
Inward letters - Samuel Deighton, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0243 (74 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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