Object #1016051 from MS-Papers-0032-0543

3 pages written 9 Aug 1873 by John Rogan in Gisborne to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - John Rogan, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0543 (35 digitised items). 35 letters written from Te Makiri (Kaipara), Mount Albert (Auckland), Masterton, Gisborne, Opotiki, Te Warrou, Makaiaka, Napier, Waipawa

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9 August 1873

My dear Mr McLean

I concocted a telegram to you last night to go on by the 'Cormerant' and if this is too late for the steamer it will not so much matter.

We have been brought to a dead lock chiefly through the representations of Henare Koura and his mob who are here in great numbers -- Sheehan and Nelson called here some time ago and had a talk with the Maoris which has done no good for Poverty Bay. I am told this by a man who knows --

The Maoris are very orderly and quiet but an organization has been at work somewhere that seems to bias their minds against Courts and the present Govt. It is most unfortunate that Locke is not here if it were only to contradict the arguments used to the effect that the Government want to steal the land and Locke is afraid to show up.

Rapata is on his way here and I shall see whether I cannot work on his dignity in showing that a man from porangahau has come here to undermine his Chieftainship. This is the only card I can play at present.

Cooper will remember the last Court here that I exhibited some patience and in the end succeeded. H.Matua has plenty of money and it is said he has supplies from Russell of Napier and Stafford. I should think the latter has sufficient use for his spare cash besides throwing it to the dogs -- Monro was indignant yesterday and wanted to close the Court. I on the other hand will open it every day at 10 o'c. for the coming week whether the claimants appear or not. They cannot then say we excluded them. Rome was not built in a day. He rangi ano te e awha He rangi ano e marino. When am I to get my £150 back. Are you going to give me what you promised the £700 or the pension or what Cooper said nothing yet about the money. Has Traverne done anything yet about the libels. I hope that will succeed or I will suffer as a Judge in the minds of the Maoris but if common justice be extended to me by a Wellington Jury I shall have no fear of the result. I should very much like to have a line from you.

I am,
Yours faithfully,
John Rogan

Part of:
Inward letters - John Rogan, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0543 (35 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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