Object #1018457 from MS-Papers-0032-0561

2 pages written 23 Aug 1870 by Cort Henry Schnackenberg in Raglan to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - C H Schnackenberg, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0561 (73 digitised items). 69 letters written from Mokau, Kawhia, Aotea, Raglan and Wellington, 1845-1876 & undated. Includes piece-level inventory (letters accessioned in 1969 not added). Includes letters in Maori from: Hihaka to McLean, Mokau, 1857; Taherei Waitare to Rangihaeata, 1851; Waitara to McLean, Jul 1846.

A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.

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English (ATL)


Aug. 23/70

The Honble. D. McLean.
My dear Sir,

I have received your kind letter of the 30th. ult. Natives had theirs also and left the new Pah. Hetaraka is making himself somewhat disagreable in town, as he will not allow pork to be sold or bought for less than 3d. a pd. He seized some pigs, which were purchased for less, and I hear the butcher has taken a summons out. I may see him tomorrow. Hone te One told me he is coming to the north of Raglan and that Kewene will go to the king, because he is blamed for having brought Messrs. Ilbury and Higgins to Aotea to be robbed. Big Wetine told me ''e haere ana hoki matoa ki te kingi''. I do not think it means much, but they appear in a bad temper, because you will not let them have the ''Aukati'' i.e. to stop whom and what they please, and also to pass whom and what they please.

They have letters from the king, and talk of going to Tokangamotu, - ''erua nga tikanga, tetahi, kia kitea te taenga mai o te Arawa, tetahi, ko te matenga o Kihirini Te Kanawa'', a Ngatimahata Chief, who used to live at Pakari kari, a lake between Aotea and Kawhia. Mr. Searancke is expected and they mean to state their grievances to him, I believe, before they go to Tokangamotu.

I thank you for your kind wishes, and offer to place my name ''in the Commission of the peace'' - but as I have more work than I can well do, I am afraid to take anything additional to my work as a Minister. I shall always be loyal to the government, and hope you will be able to come to terms with kingites before another year passes away. Big Wetine tells me of a ''Hui nui'' at Rangiriri, at which the king means to be present - and added ''ka hohi ano koe ki Ahoaho'' as if peace was certain.

With this I send you ''whakaahura o Wi Nero, me tona kowhatu''. The latter I believe, is by most thought'' a pretty little monument'' - though Mr. Todd, and it may be, a few others, call it ''an insignificant affair'', as they do everything not done by themselves. Mr. Lowe, the Photographer took the monument of his own accord, and is selling the Photos 1/- each - the temporary fence was removed while he took it - the Store is to have an Iron fence.

Kewene has just been, he tells me he is not going to the King, though he said he would, because of ''taupa whakapoari''.

I remain
yours respectfully,
C.H. Schnackenberg.
P.S. The Store stands on a little eminence without reference to the house, which is getting old.

Part of:
Inward letters - C H Schnackenberg, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0561 (73 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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