Object #1018232 from MS-Papers-0032-0566
3 pages written 9 Aug 1870 by William Nicholas Searancke in Hamilton City to Sir Donald McLean in Wellington
From: Inward letters - W N Searancke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0566 (65 digitised items).
62 letters written from Hamilton, Raglan, Ngaruawhahia, Alexandra, 1869-1873 & undated letters from Otaki, Manawatu, Castle Point, Rangitikei, Waiuku, Wellington, The Hutt, Whangarei and Raglan. Also undated map showing coastal strip extending south from Kukutauaki to Paekakariki (Waikanae Block?). Letter in Maori to Searancke from Heta Tarawhiti of Taupiri, 1869.
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
My dear McLean,
Not having had an opportunity of forwarding my letter, I have opened it, and re-commenced.
The panic and the danger to this District are now past. But I now look forward with considerable anxiety to the future relations between the Waikatos and Ngatimaniapotos; though the latter have, during Te Kooti's presence here, adhered to Tawhiao. I fear that the long existing jealousy between them is on the increase; for I have again heard that Tawhiao and the Waikatos are talking of leaving their present abiding places, and retiring to Kawhia and the Coast; leaving to the Ngatimaniapotos, their own country. This, however, is only whispered amongst themselves.
I must cordially agree with you in an entirely defence policy. A few men permanently stationed on the Waikato frontier, and utilized in the making of Roads, and other useful Public Works, would give present settlers confidence, and induce in a short time a great many more to settle down.
A permanent force would prevent these
constant panics (ruining us all); and I believe that in two years the district would be so well settled, and so thickly populated, as to no longer require any force. I speak feelingly on the subject; for my little all is embarked on the Waikato, and I do not intend losing it, if I can by any means avoid doing so.
I cannot imagine from what source all these reports of the Waikatos! intentions to rise, etc, etc, spring from. I of course imagine that I am practically as well up in Maori matters,- particularly Waikato,- as most men; and yet I cannot hear a word of their intentions to rise and attack us.
From the Maori King's private Councils, downwards, I obtain information; and on that information I have formed my opinions, and written my Officials; and thereby gave Mr. J.A. Wilson the opportunity of charging me with overweening confidence and culpable carelessness.
I left Alexandra for Hamilton yesterday, for my regular work has got so behind-hand from my long stay at the former place, that I expect to get into all sorts of difficulties, if not attended to at once.
I saw Captain Young, of the 18 R.I, at Ngaruawahia yesterday. He is now, I believe, busily planning out a Redoubt there. All I trust is that we shall not have more Redoubts than we have men to occupy.
ever yours faithfully,
Will. N. Searancke.
To;- D. McLean Esq.
Inward letters - W N Searancke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0566 (65 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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