Object #1013257 from MS-Papers-0032-0048

4 pages written 1 Jun 1870 by an unknown author in Napier City to Napier City

From: Minister of Colonial Defence - East Coast hostilities, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0048 (47 digitised items). Includes correspondence between iwi advising each other of their planned intentions and strategies for dealing with warring iwi and from Lucy Grey regarding events in Taranaki

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COPY. Napier

June 1st. 1870.


In reference to the conversation which took place this morning, as to the seizing of the powder, and the capture of the rebel Te Kooti - I feel that I did not enter as fully on the subject as I would have wished; as it would have occupied some considerable time; and now have the honour to claim your indulgence for the perusal of the following.

It is my impression that the only way of cap--turing the rebel is by using his own men against him, The Aitanga o Mahaki and Ngatira (Hira te Poupou's ha--pu) are both desirous of surrendering. I purpose to anticipate their doing so, and take them prisoners; and then, (with the approval of the Government), en--sure them their safety if they will capture the rebel; (I know that the Aitanga o Mahaki wish to kill him, and would have done so eome time since, had they not been frightened of losing their lives if they surrendered.)

I forsee little difficulty in the carrying out of my intention, if done in this manner; as they have carte blanche into his presence. But should they come into Opotiki, and surrender, this chance will be lost); as Te Kooti will certainly hear of their doing so, and act accordingly.

I purpose, after they are taken prisoner, to proceed with them to Te Kooti's retreat. They will be valuable in taking the sentries, so as we will be able to surround the pa effectually at night. Having done so, I will send them into the Pa, either to kill Te Kooti, or take him prisoner; and at a given signal from them, the pa will be rushed.

I consider that 100 or 150 men would be ample for the expedition; which men I purpose raising amongst the Whanau o Apanui and Whanau o Amaru tribes; of which nsign Arapita Tarao (who is now with me) is an influential Chief, and feels confident that they will start at once, on asking.

Having considered this matter deeply, as to the chances for and against, I feel confident of success; and now beg respectfully to request that the Honourable the Defence Minister will instruct me to proceed to Opotiki, taking with me Ensign Arapita Tarao, and one prisoner.

I have the honor to be Sir,
Your most obedient servant (Signed)
Charles Ferris.
To:- The Honourable The Defence Minister Napier.

Part of:
Minister of Colonial Defence - East Coast hostilities, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0048 (47 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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