Object #1017485 from MS-Papers-0032-0125

4 pages written 11 May 1851 by Henry Halse to Sir Donald McLean

From: Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0125 (46 digitised items). No Item Description

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Report from 11th. to 24th. May 1851

, inclusive:-

May 11th.

Sunday Parade at ten o'clock.

One of the Police on duty in town during Divine Service.

The Government Brig from Wellington; passengers- Judge Chapman, Mrs. Stafford, Mr. Clark. Received a packet from you. Same sailed for Nelson and Wellington, additional passengers - Mr. Cutfield, Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Perry.

Large boat swamped and badly stove, in a heavy surf.

May 12th.

Posted letter and Auckland Gazettes to you, by this day's Overland Mail to Wellington.

The "Shepherdess" sailed for Kawhia; passenger, Mr. Richard Brown.

Delivered to Sub-Treasurer, the Abstracts received from you yesterday.

Hoera Tiki came to Barracks about an old debt due from Mr. Charles Rowe, for cash lent.

The "Lucy James", sailed for Manukau; passengers- Mr. Edwin Davy, Mr. McDougal; cargo- several tons flour.

May 13th.

Owing to a large assemblage at the Ship Hotel, and Seven Stars Public House, the Police were on duty the greater part of the day.

May 14th.

H.M.S. "Acheron" from Wellington. Captain Stokes, Captain Richards, and Mr. Servantes landed, went to the Resident Magistrate's Office, and shortly after proceeded on horseback to Waitara. I was ordered to go with them.

On arrival, Captain Stokes gave a letter to Wiremu Kingi, and another to Matiu, from the Governor-in-Chief; the one to the former having been read aloud, by a native, in reference to a complaint made by the Master of the schooner "Diana", against Wiremu Kingi's tribe; he said the subject of the letter was correct. Captain Stokes, through Mr. Servantes, who acted as Interpreter, asked him his opinion of the conduct of the natives on the occasion in question. He said they were wrong in taking up the anchor, but right in asking payment for the vessel repairing on shore. Captain Stokes then asked if he had, any objection to vessels coming into the river. He replied he had not. He was then asked if he had any objection to the river being surveyed. On his assurance that he had not, Captain Stokes promised to send the steamer down for that purpose, to-morrow, if fine; otherwise he would come another time.

The party then returned to town, went on board, and owing to threatening weather, left for Sydney.

May 15th.

Court Day. Police on duty.

Horne v. Dingle, debt; judgement for plaintiff. Same v. T. Allen, debt, dismissed.

Sutton v. Greaves, debt, decision, sum paid into Court allowed.

S. Curtis v. J. Smith, debt; judgement for plaintiff.

J. Hoskin v. Gibbons, debt, Judgement for plaintiff, 3/- to be paid weekly until the debt is discharged.

Rawlings v. Steer, debt; judgement for plaintiff, costs divided.

Other cases settled out of Court.

Overland Mail from Auckland.

May 16th.

Piripi, of Moturoa, came to Barracks, and wished the boundary line at Waitata, to be marked out.

May 17th.

General muster and drill, Overland Mail from Wellington.

May 18th.

Parade at ten o'clock.

May 19th.

Went to Mr. Young's at the Henui, to arrange a difference between him, Te Kopi, and Ihaia, natives of Puketapu.

May 20th.

Overland Mail left for Auckland.

May 21st.

Mr. Black came to Barracks, and complained of a Waimate native stealing an American axe from his clearing. On enquiry, the axe was found on his land.

May 22nd.

Went to Waiwakaiho with Hakopa, to recover three young pigs, belonging to Mr. Richardson, taken by some Kawau natives, as payment for damages to their crops on the North side of that river.

May 23rd.

By direction of the Resident Magistrate, I went with Mr. C. Carrington, surveyor, to see the boundary line marked out, between Mr. William Bayly's land and a Native Reserve at Waotata.

Poharama was present, and expressed himself satisfied with Mr. Carrington's work.

May 24th.

General muster and drill. Attended at the Police Office.

The duties of the Police continue to be attended to, and all here is quiet.

H. Halse
Sergt. A.P.F. To:- D. McLean Esq.
Inspector of Police.

Part of:
Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0125 (46 digitised items)
Series 7 Official papers, Reference Number Series 7 Official papers (3737 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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