Object #1018700 from MS-Papers-0032-0217
From: Inward letters - Henry Tacy Clarke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0217 (61 digitised items). 59 letters written from Tauranga, Maketu, Auckland & Waimate, 1861-1870. Includes letter to Hare Reweti (Charles Davis) from Manuhiri with explanatory note on verso from Louis Hetet, 1870.
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June 8th. 1870.
My dear Doctor,
Before leaving for Rotorua, I give you the latest news.
Our position, with regard to the Ure--weras, is becoming, every day, more satisfactory.
Eapurona Kohi, the fighting Chief of the Urewera, has surrendered, and has been with me for three or four days. He brought out with him the whole of the Ngatiwharo hapu, 30 fighting men, They are to be ''located'' on the Putere, on the Rangitikei River. I like the old fellow for
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his pluck. He was uncertain of the reception he would meet with from the Arawa; but was determined to run all risks, to save his people. The Arawas, with that uncompromising loyalty which I have frequently remarked, told Kapurona, that as far as they were concerned, they were willing to make peace, but that the word was with the Tunuaki at Tauranga. They brought him here, and I am quite satisfied with the result.
Kapurona does not only make peace, but he becomes a ''Kaoanatanga'' indeed and in truth. They were not pleased with the treatment they received while in Waikato, from the ''King Party''. I have sent them back with letters to the Urewera, who are anxiously waiting the result of Kapurona's negotiations.
Should you have an opportunity of communicating with either Wellington or Napier, would you kindly ask the authorities to abstain from any movemement beyond
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Waikare-Moana, while these delicate matters are on hand. I have written to McLean on the subject.
Gilbert Mair came in last night. He has made another haul of Ureweras, - twenty fighting men, be--sides women and children. They are surrendering as fast as they can. They have been leading a life of wretchedness ever since they returned in February last. With the Waikaro-Moana parties on the one side, and Mair and Preece on the other, they have never had a quiet moment.
The chances of peace are better now, for this
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district, than they have ever been for the past ten years.
One of Kapurona's party is a man named Hoani Palaka, whom I would ten times sooner have for my friend than my foe. He has given me a full account of Te Kooti's proceedings,from the time he attempted to return to the Urewera country, via Taupo. Hoani says that Kooti's God left him at Tauranga, Taupo, and ever since nothing but reverses have followed them; and of course growing
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dissatisfaction amongst his followers, which cane to an issue on the 7th. February, when Gilbert Mair gave them a dressing. The very next day, the greater part of the Urewera left him, and have not seen him since.
Kooti has not been to Ruatahuna, but struck across country to Waioeka, destroying old Tukehu's mill on the way.
Some few Ureweras followed the falling for--tunes of Te Kooti, till the Waioeka affair, under Ropata and Kemp, when they lost 25 men, buried on the spot; and two Ureweras
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carried home to be buried with their ancestors; making a total of 27, besides prisoners.
Shortly after this, Hoani Te Palaka left Te Kooti, with 25 followers, up a branch stream of the Waioeka.
A nice collection of desperadoes he has with him, - Kereopa, Anaru Matete, Tamati Te Rangitua-waru, Te Tuatini; The head of each would be cheap at £1,000.
Te Kooti has intimated to his few remaining sympathisers that he may be constantly consulted for the next six months (should he live so long), either at Te Pato, (the place where Hoani left him); at Te Wera, another branch
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stream of Waioeka; or in the Ranges in the neighbourhood of Waikaremoana.
I believe now he will fall into the hands of the Urewera. Kooti is a clever fellow.
I am not quite sure whether I ought to remain here for another week, to await the result of my letter to the Urewera. I am a little anxious about Keripaia and the North, - I mean, with reference to the present endeavour to propagate Hau Hauism.
If you want me, send for me, In great haste,
Yours very truly (Signed)
H.T. Clarke (?)
P.S. Maketu Road nearly completed. Telegraph difficulties removed. (Signed)
N.B. (the above name may not be correct. It is a very difficult signature to decipher, written with such a flourish.)
Inward letters - Henry Tacy Clarke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0217 (61 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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