Object #1014226 from MS-Papers-0032-0169

3 pages written 28 May 1872 by Sir George Ferguson Bowen in Auckland Region and New Zealand to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Sir George and Lady Diamantina Bowen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0169 (122 digitised items). 119 letters written from Auckland, Wanganui, Wellington, Melbourne, Dunedin, Taranaki, Mercer, May 1868-Aug 1874, and undated. Includes draft letters from McLean.

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Government House, New Zealand

May 28, 1872

My dear McLean,

I suppose this letter will find you at Alexandra. I see by the papers that Te Kooti has got to the Kingites. It appears to me as if public opinion were coming round to the belief that, as the Colonial Forces, Native and Europeans have failed for 31/2 years to capture or destroy him, the Govt. will have, sooner or later, to consider whether they must not conniva at him, like Titokowaru, settling down somewhere, on the understanding that he will not be molested if he gives no further trouble. Of course, any such necessity wd. be unfortunate; but it is a choice of evils. Te Kooti's being at large and threatening the out-settlements is a serious danger. I suppose there is no chance of the Kingites giving him up to justice.

As to the meeting between me and the Kingites I wd. repeat that if Manuhiri is obstinate, his absence does not matter much especially for the object we have in view. If I meet Rewi and some other leading men of the party, the impression will be the same in England and Featherston will be able to turn it to equally good account. Of course, it wd. be better that Rewi and the others shd. come at least as far as Alexandra but, personally, I have no objection to go to Te Kopua; and I think that if the result of the meeting is likely to be advantageous to the Colony, we need not let it fall through on a point of mere etiquette. However, you will decide on this meeting and let me know. Mair will tell you of the letter from Tutoro, and of my reply that the place of meeting could be arranged with you.

I go to the Volunteer Ball this evening, and to Gillies' on Thursday, and start for the Waikato on Friday, going as far only as Pokeno the first day. On Sunday I shall be at Rangariri. By that time you will be able to let me know by telegram as to the meeting etc.

Mr. Kemp is to bring all the Maori Chiefs and their wives here this afternoon, when I will give Fox his sword, and entertain them with wine etc. and show them the house and grounds, and the Archery Club shooting for a prize etc.

Ever yrs. very truly,
G. F. Bowen

The Honble, D. McLean, C.M.G.

Part of:
Inward letters - Sir George and Lady Diamantina Bowen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0169 (122 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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