Object #1014474 from MS-Papers-0032-0412
6 pages written 10 Jun 1872 by an unknown author in Auckland Region to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - Surnames, McDonnell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0412 (53 digitised items).
Correspondents:Annie E McDonnell, New Plymouth, 1871 (1 letter); Thomas McDonnell (senior), Hokianga & Auckland, 1855-1863 (8 letters). Thomas McDonnell (junior), Auckland, Wellington & Wanganui, 1865-1876 (42 letters, extract from diary and piece-level inventory for letters except for those accessioned in 1969))
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
June 10th 1872
My dear Mr.McLean,
Colonel Moule has sent me a letter addressed to Mr.Locke and written by Hare Tauteka, who complains he has never received any money for Cattle supplied by him to the Taupo field force, also, that many men of the Taupd natives, about 70, have not received the amount of pay they were entitled to (they had on the average about £14.13. to receive) Colonel Moule requests me to give such information on the subject as I possess, but I defer doing so, having a very good idea how matters really stand, till I hear from you. The facts are, I am confident, as follows. The total amount of cattle and sheep supplied came to £344 - Wirihana, the principle owner, received this sum from the Government and he has, I am of opinion, retained the whole of it With regard to the men I enlisted, 70, they were paid by their native officers - some of the men received £50 - £125 others £2,10 £3 £4, but as these latter were not men of note, or influence, but only did the real fighting their grumbling was not considered of
sufficient importance to be taken notice of by their officers They certainly did growl in a horrid way but stood it, either from indolence or ignorance taking no steps to right themselves. I had a talk, some time ago with Hall who asked my advice, I can certify that this man, who stuck by the Government right well, did supply what may have amounted to £100.
It would cost a great deal of trouble and unpleasantness to take these questions and grievances up now, so much time having elapsed, and it would be awkward too - but if I, knowing what I do, can be of any assistance in arranging in full of all demands, I shall he glad to do my best to settle it.
Can you tell me if I am to remain up here? So that I can send for my family, My wife is not in good health and I am very anxious about her indeed; If nothing has been decided about myself as yet, have I your leave to return to Wanganui remaining there until I hear from you? I might go up the river to where Topini lives, and beyond, if you like (I have been invited up) and send you a report of my trip up and of the natives, that might be useful.
Kemp and the other native chiefs are anxious
to get away from Auckland. We condole with one another in the streets as we meet.
I hear you are surrounded by natives and hope that all will progress favorably.
Trusting to hear from you
The Hon.Donald McLean C.M.G.
Inward letters - Surnames, McDonnell, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0412 (53 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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