Object #1016342 from MS-Papers-0032-0327

2 pages written 2 Sep 1865 by John Williams Harris in Poverty Bay to Sir Donald McLean in Napier City

From: Inward letters - John Williams Harris, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0327 (70 digitised items). 66 letters written from Hawke's Bay & Poverty Bay, 1851-1870. Includes undated note in Maori signed Matiu

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Turanga Poverty Bay
2nd. September 1865

Donald McLean Esq., Napier.
My dear Sir,

We have not much to notice since my last of 25 ulto., save that it behoves us to be careful, ere we supply our friends (?) here with arms. A proposal was made by Whaka Puakanga (he was with you at Napier and returned with Paratene Potote) to a native to allow some powder to be placed in house, "for our (to tatou hoa) friends", the native could not underatand his meaning and enquired further. When (as he expected) he found it was to supply the Hauhau. The people of Whakas Hapu are much disgusted I am told. I have not heard of any further lapses.

William King and party returned on Sunday last. They were turned back at Wai totara on the North side of Gable end foreland.

We are comparatively quiet. It may be a lull before a storm, but I hope Morgan and Henry Potais energetic proceedings will be the means of saving this district.

A nui was erected by Tamate Hapamana (te rangi tua Waru) at his kainga yesterday - we have now too among the Ngatemaru, besides the one just beyond Mr. Dunlops.


Very faithfully,
J.W. Harris.

It will be just as well to say nothing about Whakas affair at present.

Part of:
Inward letters - John Williams Harris, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0327 (70 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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