Object #1012378 from MS-Papers-0032-0728B

2 pages written 15 Oct 1860 by Sir Donald McLean in Waikato Region

From: Outward drafts and fragments, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0728B (141 digitised items). Names of identified correspondents entered in Name Field.Papers, notes, jottings, etc mainly relate to native affairs and land purchases. Also draft letter to J A Joseph; letter to Mrs Ferguson of re seeds from California; diary entries, 29 & 30 Mar 1844; brief notes by McLean on his parentage, place of birth, education, career, marriage & knighthood

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English (ATL)


Te Kerene of Orakei Wiremu Toetoe - Richari of Mangare John Hobbe have accompanied me to assist in any enquiry that may be necessary - and to give a full verson of the circumstances to other tribes - as efforts will no doubt be made to ascribe the death of the Hetariki to the Europeans.

Ehikaira was a slave of the Ngatiruanui tribe and belonged to Ihaka te Kanini

English (ATL)

Patumahoe

15 Octr. 1860



Sir,

The Natives at this Pah relatives of the dead Maori are quiet and sullen they arenot likely to do anything for the present.

It is difficult to arrive at the causes of the mans death, the most probable inference is that it was accidentally occasioned by himself when out shooting or it may have been by one of his companionns, from some old grudge.

The Natives assert that it was a European and suspect a man in the neighbourhood who has been a convict.

Ihaka the chief of the place is hourly expected if he comes today the matter can be enquired into, if not an examination will take place tomorrow.

The corpse is now in a horrid state of decomposition.

One of the hands is mutilated by the ball which passed into the mans body -- the natives object to its being extracted.

I am in hopes that the matter will not assume a very serious aspect, although there is no doubt it may be used as a pretext for a quarrel.

The Venble. Archdeacon Maunsell and Waata Kukutai have been giving every assistance to Major Speedy in allaying the excitement occasioned by this unfortunate circumstance.

I expect to return from here tomorrow unless --

Te Kerene of Orakei Wiremu Toetoe - Richari of Mangare John Hobbe have accompanied me to assist in any enquiry that may be necessary - and to give a full verson of the circumstances to other tribes - as efforts will no doubt be made to ascribe the death of the Hetariki to the Europeans.

Ehikaira was a slave of the Ngatiruanui tribe and belonged to Ihaka te Kanini

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Outward drafts and fragments, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0728B (141 digitised items)
Series 4 Drafts and fragments of outwards letters, Reference Number Series 4 Drafts and fragments of outwards letters (889 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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