Object #1012859 from MS-Papers-0032-0010

18 pages written 15 Oct 1856 by Alfred Domett, John Davis Canning, Edward Francis Harris, George Tovey Buckland Worgan and Thomas McKenzie in Napier City

From: Secretary, Native Department - Administration of native affairs, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0010 (29 digitised items). Includes papers relating to the activites of Ngati Toa and its allies along the Kapiti Coast at Wainui, Whareroa, Te Uruhi, Waikanae, Otaki, Ohau, and Porouatawhao ca 1860. This was a period when the colonial settlers at Wellington thought themselves to be under imminent attack by Ngati Toa and others. Wi Tako Ngatata's activities were under suspicion as well (ie Wi Tako left the Hutt Valley with a mounted escort of sixty seven well-armed men from Waikanae and Whareroa).

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Minutes, Letters, Memo in connection with matter of horse-case.Canning v. Whakatomo.
COPY Information District of Napier,

Be it remembered that John Davis Canning of Patangata in the District of Napier, Sheepfarmer, cometh on the twenty-fifth day of September 1856, before me Alfred Domett Esq. Resident Magistrate and one of the Justices of the Peace for the Colony of New Zealand, sitting at Napier, and giveth me to understand that Wakatomo an aboriginal native of New Zealand living at Wakatu did on or about the month of March 1856 at Waipukurau in the district aforesaid take away a horse to wit, one gelding the property of him the said John Davis Canning and the said John Davis Canning therefore prays that the said Wakatomo may be summonsed to this Court to shew cause why the said horse should not be given up to him the said John Davis Canning.

John Davis Canning

Stated before me this 25th. day of September 1856

Alfred Domett.
R.M. Minutes in connection with matter of horse-case.Canning v. Whakatomo.
COPY Resident Magistrate's Court Napier
15th. October 1856.

Canning v. Whakatomo.

To shew cause why a certain horse should not be given up.

John Davis Canning being sworn, states:-

I am a settler and live at Patangata. I purchased from Mr. Gollan then acting Executor for Mrs. Pelichet on or about January 1856, a two year old off roan gelding for the sum of Forty pounds.

I produce the receipt for the money (receipt produced by witness) that horse was taken from Hori Mania, in whose charge I had placed it in February or March last by the defendant Whakatomo. I have never seen the horse since it has been in his possession. I made application to Mr. Cooper in the Resident Magistrate's absence, who stated if I had applied to Te Hapuku, I should get the horse back. I made application to the defendant to return the horse to me, but he refused, stating, "That it was his property, being the foal of a mare running at Patangata in charge of McKenzie, who was breaking it in."

John Davis Canning
Alfred Domett.
R.M. Sworn before me this 15th. October 1856

Part of:
Secretary, Native Department - Administration of native affairs, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0010 (29 digitised items)
Series 7 Official papers, Reference Number Series 7 Official papers (3737 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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