Object #1015925 from MS-Papers-0032-0507
2 pages written 18 Mar 1869 by Dr Daniel Pollen in Auckland Region to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - Daniel Pollen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0507 (52 digitised items).
51 letters written from Auckland, 1857-1870, and undated. Includes copy of letter from W N Searanke to Dr Pollen & Lt Col W Moule to Searanke, 30 Jul 1869; John W Thorp to Major Cooper, Ohinemuri, Aug 1869; other letters to Dr Pollen, Aug 1869. Also piece-level inventory (excludes letters accessioned in 1969)
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
March 18th. 1869.
My dear Maclean,
I send you, for your private information, copy of a note from Clarke, at Tauranga; and I send you also a sketch sufficiently accurate to give you a general idea of the field of operations which Te Kooti has now chosen. You know the country well enough to pick up the several points with this assistance.
Kooti is probably pushing westwards, in order to effect a junction with Hakaraia and his followers, about Canaan.
Mair, with 100 Europeans and the Arawa in full force, and breathing all sort of vengeance, are after him. His force, chiefly Ureweras and Rakurakus, does not number more than 300, and probably not so large; and his ammunition is in short supply.
Could a native force from your side come through the Urewera country, or from the Taupo line, and intercept the Ureweras? So many men of the tribes are out with Kooti, that there would be little or no danger from men, and only the difficulty of the route to encounter. Would Ngatiporou do this work, or your people?
Give them the news at Wellington, by the Telegraph, and consult them about the movement I mention. I think if it could be done, it would be effective. Whether or not it is practicable, you can form a better judgment than I can here.
I am, yours very truly
P.S. Don't let Clarke's letter out of your hands, or into your rascally papers.
Inward letters - Daniel Pollen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0507 (52 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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