Object #1012429 from MS-Papers-0032-0538
2 pages written 29 Mar 1866 by John Rigby
From: Inward letters - Surnames, Rig - Rit, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0538 (16 digitised items). Correspondents:John Rigby, Wairoa, 1866 (1 letter); C & F Ring, Auckland, 1863 (1 letter); George Ritchie, 1864 & 1871 (2 letters); James Ritchie, New Plymouth, 1852-1858 (11 letters).
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to take a walk up the course, about half a mile, and behind some scrub, I found a tent and about one Hundred Natives of all sises and sexes tipsy as they could well be, and any quantity of spirits in cases and kegs.
And at the present moment there are two native grog stores in the Wairoa, where any one can go and get a kohler same as at a Public House. A native the other day offered to sell me 30 galls Rum.
The question is soon solved, where the grog comes the Merchants in Napier supply them, to my certain knowledge one native not long ago got from Napier at least £150 worth of spirits and unless these things can be stopped it is useless to blame the Publican.
I have the honor to be Sir,
Your obedt. Servt.
Inward letters - Surnames, Rig - Rit, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0538 (16 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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