Object #1018674 from MS-Papers-0032-0315

4 pages written 19 Jan 1857 by Henry Halse in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0315 (45 digitised items). 45 letters written from New Plymouth. Includes copy of a letter from Te Waka, 1857

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Private New Plymouth
Jan. 19, 1857.

My dear Sir,

Hori Kingi and the other Whanganui Chiefs returned South on the 13th. instant, leaving our Native question much in the same state as they found it. Kiri Kumara is willing to make peace with Katatore on condition that Ikamoana is surrendered as utu for his tupapaku's. Katatore objects and is as stiff as ever.

Arama Karaka, who had been staying at Katere, was removed to the Ninia last Monday, and died there on the following Thursday the 15th. His funeral took place on the 17th. Mr. Whiteley performing the service. Afterwards Arama Karaka's apparel was thrown into the grave by his widow, as well as many letters that had been received during his life time, excepting a letter of introduction when on his way here from Kapiti, which was placed in the coffin under his head. An irregular fire then commenced from a party of Iamoana natives as they took their departure greatly to the discomfiture of my horse who soon placed himself out of danger without any regard for his rider. I am unable to say what effect Arama's death will have, of course many uhunga's will take place.

On the 14th. instant Cutfield was duly elected Superintendent to the great joy of the settlers. The clique is now crushed and not likely to trouble us again. I send you the last Herald with the previous week's supplement.

Humphries, Watt, Sharland and Gledhill have been returned for the Town and this week will decide the changes of the candidates for the rural districts.

The Steamer came in on Friday, and left on the following day. Col. Wynyard was on shore during her stay and inspected the troops.

The "Pelsart" arrived last Saturday from anganoa with Charles Day and family, his brother Henry, and John Gilmore, wife and family - this looks rather ominous.

We hear that home news look rather warlike. The neapolitans had been bumptious and our fleet had been sent there and that Russia had remonstrated. It would appear that notwithstanding the calamities of the recent war, feelings of resentment and inverterate jealousies remain.

Believe me Faithfully yours,
H. Halse.
To:- McLean Esq.

Part of:
Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0315 (45 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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