Object #1018120 from MS-Papers-0032-0541
2 pages written 8 Oct 1860 by an unknown author in Auckland Region to Captain John Campbell Johnstone in Whangaroa
From: Inward letters - John Rogan, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0541 (39 digitised items).
38 letters written from New Plymouth, Auckland, Camp Waitara, Taranaki, & Mangawhare, 1859-1863
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
8 Octr. 1860
My dear Sir,
Having had several conversations with you regarding the Native question generally, and as you have been residing for a considerable time in Waikato as well as at Raglan, I shall feel obliged if you will favor me with your views on a subject which is now before a committee of the H. of R. relating to an attempt to introduce into Waikato a system of Government for the Natives. Fenton as you are aware was the Magistrate appointed to carry out this system. My own opinion from all I could gather has been that Fenton's proceedings at Waikato were calculated rather to irritate the Natives and cause division amongst them than to unite them under what was proposed as a better order of things. Under this belief, and finding considerable excitement among them, I suggested that he should be withdrawn and I have as yet no reason to believe that I was in error in doing so - Your opinion as regards the general mode of Fenton's proceedings would be valuable as your residence in the country would give you a good opportunity of judging whether his proceedings were calculated to do more harm than good. I shall be very glad if you are in town to
request you to give evidence either verbally or in writing in reference to this subject.
enable you to arrive at a just conclusion on the subject
Might I therefore be allowed to put your name down as one of the witnesses to give evidence either in writing or personally in this matter.
Copy letter addressed to
Inward letters - John Rogan, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0541 (39 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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