Object #1017633 from MS-Papers-0032-0012

3 pages written 30 Apr 1860 by Sir Donald McLean in Raglan

From: Secretary, Native Department - War in Taranaki and Waikato and King Movement, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0012 (33 digitised items). Includes papers on Maori intelligence gathering for the Crown and a letter in between Maori discussing preparation for conflict

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English (ATL)

Raglan

30 April 1860.



Sir,

I have been requested by the inhabitants of Raglan to transmit to your Excellency the enclosed resolutions passed at a public meeting held at the Court house here on the 28th. inst.

The first and second resolution fully indicate the state of the friendly feeling existing between the two races, and I have much pleasure in observing that I have not visited many settlements in New Zealand where the inhabitants of both races seem so well disposed towards each other.

The third resolution refers to a weekly mail and I submit that in the present critical state of the Island when frequent communication with Auckland is so necessary that the people of Raglan very much require a weekly post.

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The 4th. resolution is an application for arms and ammunition. I have informed the European inhabitants that the Govt. is at present destitute of arms but that a supply would be obtained for them from Sydney without loss of time, Wm. Nero stated at the meeting that the arms for the Natives should only be given out when really required for defence in which opinion I concur, Fifty Rifles for the Europeans and 100 doubt barrelled guns with ammunition will be necessary.

I shall address a separate communication on the 5th. resolution.

It appears highly desirable that a gaol should be erected at Raglan in which offenders passing to and from the district could be secured. The Natives are much in favour of such an erection that English law may prevail. the Magistrates jurisdiction is much impaired without a gaol.

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I had the pleasure of conversing to the meeting in reply to the resolution every assurance of Your Excellency's desire to protect as far as laid in your power the lives and property of the inhabitants of this settlement as well as throughout the collony generally.

I am glad to state that Dr. Harsant the Resident Magistrate has acted throughout the late panic in a most firm and decided manner eliciting the approbation of both Europeans and Natives.

English (ATL)

Raglan

30 April 1860.



Sir,

I have been requested by the inhabitants of Raglan to transmit to your Excellency the enclosed resolutions passed at a public meeting held at the Court house here on the 28th. inst.

The first and second resolution fully indicate the state of the friendly feeling existing between the two races, and I have much pleasure in observing that I have not visited many settlements in New Zealand where the inhabitants of both races seem so well disposed towards each other.

The third resolution refers to a weekly mail and I submit that in the present critical state of the Island when frequent communication with Auckland is so necessary that the people of Raglan very much require a weekly post. The 4th. resolution is an application for arms and ammunition. I have informed the European inhabitants that the Govt. is at present destitute of arms but that a supply would be obtained for them from Sydney without loss of time, Wm. Nero stated at the meeting that the arms for the Natives should only be given out when really required for defence in which opinion I concur, Fifty Rifles for the Europeans and 100 doubt barrelled guns with ammunition will be necessary.

I shall address a separate communication on the 5th. resolution.

It appears highly desirable that a gaol should be erected at Raglan in which offenders passing to and from the district could be secured. The Natives are much in favour of such an erection that English law may prevail. the Magistrates jurisdiction is much impaired without a gaol.

I had the pleasure of conversing to the meeting in reply to the resolution every assurance of Your Excellency's desire to protect as far as laid in your power the lives and property of the inhabitants of this settlement as well as throughout the collony generally.

I am glad to state that Dr. Harsant the Resident Magistrate has acted throughout the late panic in a most firm and decided manner eliciting the approbation of both Europeans and Natives.

Part of:
Secretary, Native Department - War in Taranaki and Waikato and King Movement, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0012 (33 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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