Object #1018982 from MS-Papers-0032-0485
From: Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0485 (75 digitised items). 72 letters written from Auckland and Napier, 1871-1872
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March 5, 1871.
My dear McLean,
I wrote you day before yesterday by the Star so have not a great deal to say today. This morning I sent you the news I had from Porter from which I have hoped that Ropata will catch Te Kooti. There is no doubt about his being at Pa Puni and I fear the Wairoa Natives knew it. Tamihana Huata came in on Friday from Wairoa and on my questioning him said they knew nothing of Kooti's whereabouts - I then asked how did they communicate and get answers so quickly from him. He was rather confused at this and I then told him we knew T.K. was at Pa Puni and that Ropata was there too. He then admitted that they believed Kooti was somewhere in that neighbourhood. It seems strange too that they should shield a wretch who has done them
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such great injury. I am not over sanguine that Ropata will catch T. K. as Ngatihuri the Mainga Pawhatu natives were evidently shielding him - and may have warned him - If Ropata finds him gone he will follow I expect to Waikaremoana and I am going to write to Ropata there telling him that Messr. Comming will on his requisition send him up food to the Lake so that he may continue the search. I am also to see Whenuanui in the morning and will try and get a letter from him to the Urewera to give K. up if he goes into their country - Gillies is here, just come in the Napier, and going on by the Ashley. I am going to see him of soon as I have
finished this letter. He has paid a visit to Poverty Bay.
We are having a most extraordinary season - last week there was four days heavy rain and today it has commenced again and is raining heavens hard - there is any quantity of fat stock and no market for it -
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I have to bother you again about Major Green - and wish you could find him something elsewhere - the reason I bring this matter up again is, That I have had an intimation from Kennedy that the new Provincial Council intend to make a row about Green and Fannin being both retained in my office. Of course Green's salary is not paid Provincially - but it is made a Provincial charge - and as such they mean to have a go at it - I have long told you there is not work for the two and I suppose being neither of them over prudent they let the outside public see that they are not occupied. I dont personally care about what the Council may say on the subject, but I hear they are going to cut down Fannins salary and get at the grievance in that way - now Fannin is much the most useful of the two and I shd. like to save him if possible. Have you nothing you can think of for Green. He has been very quiet of late and not got into any scrapes. I told you Colenso was out again and returned
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at the head of the Poll. He is in a great state of excitement at his success and it is just as well your Election is over or the beggar wd. have been likely to give trouble. He expresses great regard for me but we know him pretty well. Ferrard is out of this Council and of the two I think I would rather have Colenso in than him.
Buchanan has no seat as yet and if he gets in it will be by my assistance - The Colonel Russell family are making great efforts to get in from different places. Hamilton opposes Rhodes for Clive and not unlikely may beat him - Rhodes is in a great state abt. it - I am helping him all I can but he has made personal enemies of nearly the entire neighbourhood at Clive - Old Gordon is particularly active and vindictive against him - I tell you all this because you will be interested in our local tattle - Several of the Povt. Bay people express a wish that Randall Johnston should be called to the Upper House. He wd. be a very suitable appointment and it wd. give that part of the East Coast, at present by accident and past misfortune disfranchised from not being on the Roll, some chance of being attended to. I will write Fox and Gisborne if you will support. Always,
Yours very sincerely,
J. D. Ormond,
Inward letters - J D Ormond, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0485 (75 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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