Object #1015789 from MS-Papers-0032-0658
From: Inward letters - George B Worgan, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0658 (95 digitised items). 93 letters and memos written from Wairoa, Napier and Wanganui, 1864-1873. Includes piece-level inventory of letters accessioned pre-1969.
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Jany. 10th 69
A circumstance which occurred within the last day or two has given me such an insight in to the character of the opposition you have encountered here that I have determined to lay the whole matter before your notice - Some while since Lt. Col. then Major Lambert asked me to put in writing for the information of the Govt. my opinions on the military organization and character of the Natives - which I did at some length - One passage referring to the authority of the Chfs particularly struck him - and he underlined and bracketed it, and wrote his concurrence in the margin - A little after this again, Capt Saunders and myself were ordered to report on the damage alleged to have been done to Military settlers property by the passage through their settlement of the last Wairoa expedition -
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In the Herald of the 6th a letter dated Clyde Jany. 4th - and signed ''A Wairoa settler'' - caught my attention from the extraordinary likeness between remarks contained therein and the passage referred to in my letter - and further to almost verbatim extract from the joint report of Capt. Saunders and myself - the whole toneof the letter evidently intended to serve a political purpose - determined me to discover its authorship if possible resulting in my finding that altho not written by Lt. Col. Lambert himself it was by 'James Witty' at his instance and from information and data supplied by the Col. - I should have thought less of this if it had not been for the comments made by him upon my writing to the press whilst holding an official appointment - Truly the argument is applicable in either case, and I look upon the transaction as of a peculiarly underhand nature.
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The arguments advanced in that letter might be easily answered - they are the ones however which you will be called upon to meet - I venture to think that my letter taken as a whole is unanswerable both as to facts and policy - but it is grossly unfair to take a single paragraph and build a theory on that - It is perhaps not worth while to take any notice of the matter I had referred to, but I think it right you should know it, more especially as the present fort party will ''take heart of grace'' after Col. Whitmores successes in Poverty - Capt. Tuke has been removed from here again I am certain by the same action - with a man like 'Corfield' it is useless to think of doing anything - Had 'Henares' men been left doubtless a valuable movement could have been made, but I would not encourage the Chiefs here - especially with Ihaka away, and I also very much wish
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that I should be made the medium of communication in all cases as faras possible with the natives - Col. Lambert I know viewed me in the light of a political enemy of the Govt. and offered what opposition he could; for a time at least - to my intervention in native matters - this however you know all about -
In conclusion so far as the Ureweras are concerned not less than 200 or more than 300 men should be allowed to go to 'Waikare' until something definite is heard the natives will do nothing - Corfield does not appear to possess any instructions or to know whether what was applicable to Lambert and Tuke would hold in his case.
I remain Sir Your obedt. Servt.
Geo. B. Worgan
His Honor D. McLean Esq.
Inward letters - George B Worgan, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0658 (95 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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