Object #1015392 from MS-Papers-0032-0312

6 pages written 10 Sep 1851 by Henry Halse in New Plymouth District

From: Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0312 (49 digitised items). 43 letters written from New Plymouth and Huatoki. Includes copies of letters from Wiremu Kingi, Witi, and Aperahama, Te Kani, 1851

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English (ATL)

New Plymouth.

September 10th. 1851.



Dear Sir,

I received your kind letter of August 30th. and was glad to hear of the celebration of an event to the completion of which all your friends had been looking forward to with interest, it now remains for my wife and self to offer our warmest congratulations together with a sincere wish that you and the lady of you election may enjoy every possible happiness.

Enclosed list of names embraces natives whose friendly cooperation in this singularly circumstanced district appears prudent to secure, I am aware several well disposed individuals

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are excluded a circumstance that may be overcome as vacancies occur in the authorised number - my present object is to win over the man whose opposition on questions of importance has been found formidable - for instance Te Ahoaho stands in the way of the boundary question affecting Smart's farm. Katatou in the acquirement of land at Mangati or in that neighbourhood - Raniera at the Hua and inland of Mangare - the rest having been previously appointed assessors and Police assistants as a matter of course appear, and so make up the number for you to alter as you think best.

With regard to your remark on the returns I have

referred to the copy and find

Rent of Barracks - £20

Contingencies say - £20

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The mistake made by me was in separating the total and charging too small a sum.

I am anxious to receive your list for the whole department which admits of improvement a subject I should have written to you upon had I not expected you round daily. Now that your absence is likely to be prolonged I suggest for your consideration that the six privates allowed in the estimates should consist of the following -


1. A.B. (your clerk).

2. Newsham (if willing to come in Town).

3. Johnson.

4. Heale.

5. Dunn (a steady man from the 65th.)

6. Hakopa â?¦ Paneta) £32.10. each - one only appearing in the pay list.


In the above I see a difficulty with regard to R. Cook, the coxwain - now if

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you can manage to get him transferred to his proper department you will rid the Police Books of a dead letter and incumbrance consequent on the number allowed - if not he can appear as usual by striking out the man formerly belonging to the 65th. You will observe John Medland is altogether omitted and with reason.

1st. The police duty performed by hi is so trivial that it scarcely merits the name.

2nd. He is trustless.

3rd. Inefficient.

4th. A drunkard and the sooner our Resident Magistrate dispenses with his services the better.

Johnson is not yet back - 15 days have passed since he left and I can't think what has become of him, his orders were for Whanganui and no further.

The apartments secured for you and

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the Colonial Secretary will I have no doubt answer for Mrs. McLean and yourself whenever New Plymouth may be graced by her presence which I hope will be the case ere long.

With every good wish,

I remain, Dear Sir,
Faithfully yours,
H. Halse.
I quite agree with you about natives writing their own letters and will endeavour to get them in the way of doing so - the enclosed being for your information and to save time appear in my hand but even these would be better if written by themselves.

English (ATL)

New Plymouth.

September 10th. 1851.



Dear Sir,

I received your kind letter of August 30th. and was glad to hear of the celebration of an event to the completion of which all your friends had been looking forward to with interest, it now remains for my wife and self to offer our warmest congratulations together with a sincere wish that you and the lady of you election may enjoy every possible happiness.

Enclosed list of names embraces natives whose friendly cooperation in this singularly circumstanced district appears prudent to secure, I am aware several well disposed individuals are excluded a circumstance that may be overcome as vacancies occur in the authorised number - my present object is to win over the man whose opposition on questions of importance has been found formidable - for instance Te Ahoaho stands in the way of the boundary question affecting Smart's farm. Katatou in the acquirement of land at Mangati or in that neighbourhood - Raniera at the Hua and inland of Mangare - the rest having been previously appointed assessors and Police assistants as a matter of course appear, and so make up the number for you to alter as you think best.

With regard to your remark on the returns I have

referred to the copy and find

Rent of Barracks - £20

Contingencies say - £20

The mistake made by me was in separating the total and charging too small a sum.

I am anxious to receive your list for the whole department which admits of improvement a subject I should have written to you upon had I not expected you round daily. Now that your absence is likely to be prolonged I suggest for your consideration that the six privates allowed in the estimates should consist of the following -


1. A.B. (your clerk).

2. Newsham (if willing to come in Town).

3. Johnson.

4. Heale.

5. Dunn (a steady man from the 65th.)

6. Hakopa â?¦ Paneta) £32.10. each - one only appearing in the pay list.


In the above I see a difficulty with regard to R. Cook, the coxwain - now if you can manage to get him transferred to his proper department you will rid the Police Books of a dead letter and incumbrance consequent on the number allowed - if not he can appear as usual by striking out the man formerly belonging to the 65th. You will observe John Medland is altogether omitted and with reason.

1st. The police duty performed by hi is so trivial that it scarcely merits the name.

2nd. He is trustless.

3rd. Inefficient.

4th. A drunkard and the sooner our Resident Magistrate dispenses with his services the better.

Johnson is not yet back - 15 days have passed since he left and I can't think what has become of him, his orders were for Whanganui and no further.

The apartments secured for you and the Colonial Secretary will I have no doubt answer for Mrs. McLean and yourself whenever New Plymouth may be graced by her presence which I hope will be the case ere long.

With every good wish,

I remain, Dear Sir,
Faithfully yours,
H. Halse.
I quite agree with you about natives writing their own letters and will endeavour to get them in the way of doing so - the enclosed being for your information and to save time appear in my hand but even these would be better if written by themselves.

Part of:
Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0312 (49 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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