Object #1018704 from MS-Papers-0032-0393
4 pages written 2 Dec 1865 by Samuel Locke to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - Samuel Locke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0393 (103 digitised items).
104 letters written from Hawke's Bay, 1860-1870
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
Dec. 2nd. 1865
The morning after landing at Waengawehi, I went to Mahia, where I found a large meeting of all the Natives of the peninsular, and from the coast as far as Nuhaka assembled at Ihaka's new house. Ihaka had called this meeting, as you are aware, for the purpose of ascertaining the true feeling of his people with respect to hauhauism and to organise the natives of this end of the province in event of any inroad, by the rebels of any other district and to prevent any outbreak occurring in his own neighbourhood. Unfortunately the weather was bad but for all that he had a large attnedance, I don't think that any, except a few old men perhaps were absent. Everything went off well. Old Matenga Tukareaho and his family took the oath of allegiance in fact all those who had openly acknowledged the hauhau creed did so. After settling matters at Nukutauroa and finding that Ihaka was anxious that I should go with him to the Wairoa, And finding that some of the natives of Wangawehi, intended accompanying Ihaka to the Wairoa, I consanted to go promising the Ngapuhi people to return directly. We then came on to Nuhaka where we heard that Mokena was on his way to the Mahia after having killed the loyal natives of Turanga. We also received word that the war had broken out at the Wairoa. As to the report from Turanga I contradicted
it, and told the Natives that you would not allow Mokena to come up by the coast, but that he might follow the enemy to the Wairoa by the inland route I could not answer for. So we hastened off to Wairoa every man armed to the number of about eighty or ninety, leaving only a few old men to protect the pa. On arriving at Wakaki we found that the reports from the Waiwa were false, and that Paora Apatu Hamana, and Karauria were still at Paora Koiori's pa, to which place we went and there spent the night on the sand for the small part of the night we had to sleep, for the Natives were talking all night nearly. On the following morning we started again leaving a few men to cut down the hauhau flag staff and burn it - as all the Natives of the pa wished to join the government and take the oath of allegiance. The next place we went to was Ropiha's pa of the Ngaitahu tribe at Wakaki, where we found two flags flying, the Queen's flag at one end of the pa and Hauhau flags at the other. After stopping here for some time talking they all consented to take the oath of allegiance on your arrival at the Wairoa, which is expected daily. We next went to the pa of the Kahu hapu the only place where we were coldly rec ved and although they cooked food, we left without eating any. From there we came to the Wairoa where the Natives are all anxiously waiting for your arrival and if possible I hope you will
come at once. There are some wounded men up the river returned from Turanga also some woman come here for refuge. An article or two in the Waka Maori on the nature of an oath would be good I think. A few Queen's flags are required here. I will write more fully and send the speeches etc. next mail, the mail is going.
To His Honor
D. McLean, Esq.,
P. S. The mail appears to come here about once a month. S.L.
Inward letters - Samuel Locke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0393 (103 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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