Object #1012464 from MS-Papers-0032-0315

3 pages written 1 Jun 1857 by Henry Halse in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0315 (45 digitised items). 45 letters written from New Plymouth. Includes copy of a letter from Te Waka, 1857

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New Plymouth
June 1, 1857


My dear Sir,

I have thought it better to forward Ihaia's letter addressed to the Governor without form and will send a translation of it by next mail. There is nothing new to add in reference to the subject of that letter.

In the supplement of last Saturday's issue, I observe some remarks in reference to myself requiring a little explanation. Mr. Parris had an idea that if Ihaia could be induced to leave the Ikamoana, the opposition natives would shortly come round and offer the land themselves, including the Waitara. I entertained a different opinion and still believe that such a policy had it been carried into effect, would have been adverse to the interest of both Natives and Europeans. Nevertheless, to shew the Executive my unwillingness to do anything bearing the appearance of opposition, I wished them to try their own plans (at that time the Superintendent was in correspondence with the Genl.Govt. relative to the appointment of Mr. Parris as District Comr. here) on the understanding that I was no party to these plans. Mr. Parris began by mentioning his project to a few natives who very soon gave it circulation and which terminated in a meeting at the Hua with Katatore and most of his natives. On that occasion it clearly appeared that Parris's idea would not do - that it would not meet the objections of either side and was abandoned accordingly. No doubt Ihaia would have accepted the £100 but not to move off, having determined upon continuing at the Ikamoana until Europeans can have peaceable possession of it.

That I told Watt, there was a probability of acquiring land if money were placed here available for the purpose, is correct, and my, conviction is, that many natives now opposed to selling land would be the first to make application for it. I have no confidence in "Kia mutu taku kaki" when met by the powerful influence of bags of gold and silver.

I am again told that Mahau intends offering Waiongana for sale and will admit of no opposition from W. Kingi or Hapurona. Mahau's only dread is lest his offer should not be accepted by the Govt. which would make him whakama.


I will send dairy next mail Faithfully yours
H. Halse
To:- McLean Esq.

Many thanks for the approved accounts for provisions and saddle. H. H.

Part of:
Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0315 (45 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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