Object #1016476 from MS-Papers-0032-0338
4 pages written 14 Feb 1870 by Louis Hetet in Alexandra to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - Louis Hetet, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0338 (23 digitised items).
23 letters written from Mokau, Alexandra and Otorohanga, 1849-1871. Includes typed transcripts.
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
To Donald McLean Esqr
My Dear Sir
Your late Telegram as just come to hand, many thanks for your kindness, I left the Kuiti on Friday the meeting of Natives I am certain will turn out peacebly, I put the question to Tawhano & others what was their object & all replied that had been sent for to see each other, I caught them at the Waitere's Kainga Manga was there I told him the contents of your Telegram & spoke of it to all & they seemed all satisfied that the Kooti was out of this parts & was at Ohinemutu, Manga made this remark that he had got in his own country & that we should not catch him now that we had let the Kooti slip out of our hands again & that the Pakehas & Kupapa did not want to catch him as long as they were getting good pay & plenty of food I had some talk with Tawhana & Wetere They told me some particulars about the White Cliffs affair & also I saw the Pakeha & they tell me quite a different tale from what is reported, the man's name is Cockburn his Parents are in Wellington. I do not think that we need fear of these people in taking any hostile steps that will cause any alarm as affairs have turned out in regards to the Kooti having left these parts
I do not think that many of these will go to Raglan, I enclose a note that I received from Manuhiri about Tana which you will judge its contents, it appears that if Manga had not forbid the Ngatiraukawa from joining the Kooti they all would have done so, we hear that only a few went, but they have been giving him Powder & I hear, there is a number of Napier Notes about here, I made enquiries were they got it from. & it was from that source I beg to state that it is my opinion that the Natives are aware that there is a rich Gold field up here Wetere's Brother showed me a splendid specimen of Quartz impregnated in my opinion with Gold but he would not consent to my taking it away for fear of both of us getting in trouble, but I know the spot and you yourself have trod on the same spot in former years,
I will be attentive & send any news that I hear of, but there is nothing of importance at present but what you know of
I must express my many thanks for your kindness, with my kind respects
I Remain Yours
[Hetet to McLean, 14 February 1870]
P.S. I waited for the arrival of the mail I will forward all Letters.
Wi Pukapuka has just rode in & he tells me that the Meeting at the Kuiti have all dispersed to their several homes & that Manga has sent a letter today to Kawhia to fobid the Ngatimaniapoto to go to the Raglan Feast, it is possible that a few of the Waikatos may go
9 o Clock
Inward letters - Louis Hetet, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0338 (23 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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