Object #1014285 from MS-Papers-0032-0279

3 pages written 11 Oct 1870 by Sir William Fox in Westoe to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Sir William Fox, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0279 (45 digitised items). 43 letters written by Fox from Wellington, Wanganui, Auckland, Grahamstown, Rangitikei, Marton, Dunedin, 1870-1871. Includes letter from Charles J Taylor to Fox, Feb 1870; Fox to Mete Kingi, 1870; incomplete letter to Fox (written from Patea, Mar 1870); Fox to Gisborne, Apr 1870; Fox to Gisborne (copy), May 1871; J Booth to Fox, Wanganui (copy), Apr 1871; McLean to Fox, 1871; Albert J Allen [?] to Fox, Aug 1871.

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Private. Westoe, Rangitikei.

11th Oct. 1870



My dear McLean,

I enclose a note from Kelly of Taranaki - and two notes to him from Titikowaru. The latter might be interesting if handed over to Hector to put in the Museum. I wish we could put Titiko in it himself. As regards Kelly's sugggestion of sending Constabulary to Opunake, it is matter that requires much consideration. If done with the acquiescence of all the Natives there it might be well, but a small de

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tachment in such a place might get into had hahits. No grog is I believe allowed there. My own impression would be against establishing a post there - we cannot protect every outlying flax mill. On the other hand if we are going to run Cobbs coach through from Patea to Taranaki, such a post would give a feeling of security and it wd. enable us to advance so far into the Enemy's country. I wish te Whiti had been more specific on the road question.

Halcombe is here. He explored the Ranana - Muri Mutu line with Booth and a party of 20 natives. Booth will report. From what Halcombe says I think we ought to employ the natives in making a horse track. The distance is not over 25 miles and the benefit both in a strategical point of view will be very decided as well as the advantage of keeping the natives employed. Halcombe comes down by the coach on Thursday and will tell you all about it.

I have little more news about the Rangi Manawatu block. Wi Hapi is living with Hoa Te Rauhiki at a place called Te Atua or some such name near Te ReuReu which they have pretty well abandoned. I hear that the last Trig station destroyed was done by Wi Hapi's party on his return from his visit to Hawke Bay; but that he personally denies having had

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anything to do with it. He is in a conciliatory temper I hear at least as far as regards intercourse with Pakehas, and occasionally visiting this side of the river.


Yours faithfully,
Wm. Fox

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Private. Westoe, Rangitikei.

11th Oct. 1870



My dear McLean,

I enclose a note from Kelly of Taranaki - and two notes to him from Titikowaru. The latter might be interesting if handed over to Hector to put in the Museum. I wish we could put Titiko in it himself. As regards Kelly's sugggestion of sending Constabulary to Opunake, it is matter that requires much consideration. If done with the acquiescence of all the Natives there it might be well, but a small detachment in such a place might get into had hahits. No grog is I believe allowed there. My own impression would be against establishing a post there - we cannot protect every outlying flax mill. On the other hand if we are going to run Cobbs coach through from Patea to Taranaki, such a post would give a feeling of security and it wd. enable us to advance so far into the Enemy's country. I wish te Whiti had been more specific on the road question.

Halcombe is here. He explored the Ranana - Muri Mutu line with Booth and a party of 20 natives. Booth will report. From what Halcombe says I think we ought to employ the natives in making a horse track. The distance is not over 25 miles and the benefit both in a strategical point of view will be very decided as well as the advantage of keeping the natives employed. Halcombe comes down by the coach on Thursday and will tell you all about it.

I have little more news about the Rangi Manawatu block. Wi Hapi is living with Hoa Te Rauhiki at a place called Te Atua or some such name near Te ReuReu which they have pretty well abandoned. I hear that the last Trig station destroyed was done by Wi Hapi's party on his return from his visit to Hawke Bay; but that he personally denies having had anything to do with it. He is in a conciliatory temper I hear at least as far as regards intercourse with Pakehas, and occasionally visiting this side of the river.


Yours faithfully,
Wm. Fox

Part of:
Inward letters - Sir William Fox, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0279 (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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