Object #1013625 from MS-Papers-0032-0126

4 pages written 19 Jul 1851 by Henry Halse in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean

From: Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of Police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0126 (39 digitised items). No Item Description

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Report from 6th. to 19th. July, 1851

, inclusively.

6 Sunday Parade at 10 o'clock - Absent Medland.

7 Posted letter and enclosures to you by this days overland mail to Wellington.

8 By direction of Resident Magistrate went to Mr. Smart's farm and, to avoid dispute, had the natives boundary marked out by Wiremu te Ahoaho.

9 Mr. Stephenson Smith and Te Rangi Kapuoho came to Barracks to make arrangements about exchanging a small Reserve (Okowari) for a piece of the Town Belt. Mr. Smith was recommended to apply to you. The "Stateley", Ginder, 700 tons, 7 days from Auckland - passenger Mr. Bennett White and goods for this place.

10 A special messenger, Private Penehamene of the Auckland Police, arrived with Despatches for His Excellency the Governor in Chief. A large party of Taranaki Natives, headed by Paora Kukutai arrived at the Kawau - the object of the visit is peaceable.

11 By direction of the Resident Magistrate Private Heale left for Wellington at 6 o'clock this morning with Despatches for the Governor in Chief.

The "Stateley" having landed about 40 tons of goods sailed for Wellington, passengers Miss Wilson, Miss Harrison and Mr. Pezant.

12 General muster - Absent Medlan - Johnson in charge of the prisoner. I was engaged with natives till noon.

Overland mail from Wellington - received a letter from you.

13 Sunday Parade - Absent Medland.

14 Rumoured amongst the Natives here that a proposition had been made by the Ngatipaoa and Waikato tribe to wage a general war against Europeans in the event of one of their Chiefs dying from injuries received in a struggle with the Auckland Police last April.

A special native messenger named Heremaia arrived from Whanganui with Despatches for the Lieutenant Governor at Auckland.

The schooner "Diana" having been repaired, was launched and sailed for Mokau.

15 A special native messenger Tiki Hoera left for Kawhia with Despatches for the Lieut. Governor at Auckland.

Heremaia returned to Whanganui - I wrote to you. Hakopa on duty in Town all day owing to a large assemblage of Natives. Johnson at Barracks. Te Tuki, his followers, and other Natives left for Waikanae. Paora Kukutai and his followers returned to Taranaki.

16 The "Shepherdess" Swann, 9 days from Wellington, cargo general. Private Medland attended at Barracks for duty, the first time since the 19th. ultimo - same in charge of the prisoners. Wiremu Kingi and Aperahama, of Waitara, came to Barracks, and wrote to the Governor in Chief relative to the rumour in circulation amongst the natives here, The "Shepherdess" sailed for Kawhia - passenger Mr. Morrison - cargo general.

17 Court Day.

Sharland v. Seccombe, debt-judgment for plaintiff.

C. Brown v.

Other cases arranged.

Te Ngahuru complained to the Resident Magistrate about Mr. Wicksteed's cattle running on land south of the Omata Block to the annoyance of the native owners - two natives Te Kapi and Te Reo, said to have given Mr. Wicksteed permission to drive his cattle there, denied ever having done so.

18 A small vessel seen off the Town. Overland Mail from Auckland.

19 General muster and drill. Absent Honi Ropiha, Rawiri, Taumata and Tamati Waka. Died, Rawiri Toatai, of Moturoa.

Disposal of the Police here at the present time.

Newsham - stationed at Omata.

Cock - as usual.

Heale - absent at the South.

Medland - with the exception of assisting at the Police Office, performs but little duty as a Policeman.

Rawiri - chiefly do the duty of Native Assessors Honi Ropha Taumata Tamati Waka Te Ngahuru Johnson - Town and general duty. Hakopa

Owing to the small number of men at my disposal for Town and General duty, the night watch ranges from 8.p.m. to 1.a.m. and is regularly attended to by Privates Johnson and Hakopa - all here is quiet.

H. Halse. Sergt. New Plymouth

19th. July 1851.

Part of:
Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of Police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0126 (39 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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