Object #1018967 from MS-Papers-0032-0022

2 pages written 22 Dec 1868 by Sir Donald McLean in Wairoa

From: Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0022 (82 digitised items). Comprises correspondence, memoranda and reports from December 1868, relating to the military campaign against Te Kooti.Includes letters from Maori such as Rapata Wahawaha regarding ammunitions

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Copy Wairoa

Decr. 22nd. 1868.


Edward L. Freen. Secy. to G.G. Agent.


In compliance with a telegram from the Honble, the Defence Minister I embarked Henare Tomoana with 136 of Karaitiana's Natives to assist you in a movement against the Hauhaus, Renata, Hapuku and Tariha also proffered their services with about 200 men and I brought them over in the Storm Bird today. Those natives together with Ihaka and the Wairoa Natives ought to be able to inflict a heavy blow on the enemy more especially if he is scattered about in different sections.

I would therefore suggest that the Natives should be allowed to follow up the Enemy without delay and as the Hawkes Bay tribes can only be absent a short time from their wheat crops being almost ready for harvesting the sooner they take the field the better.

I will acquaint the Honble. Mr. Richmond with this movement whenever I get to Napier.

It will be necessary to keep the natives supplied with provisions during the expedition.

Capt. Deighton would be an excellent person to accompany the expedition and I have no doubt he will do so. Mr. Preece should also go if you can spare him.

(Sgd.)
Donald McLean.

Part of:
Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0022 (82 digitised items)
Series 7 Official papers, Reference Number Series 7 Official papers (3737 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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