NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH.
Sept. 19th. 1868
Received this morning from Paora Hapi --- No 2 from Hau Hau prisoners. I intercepted it in the hands of Moihi and Hori. --- September is the month of fighting at Napier or Taupo to drive out Europeans which we know not, we are much troubled, be cautious --- The outlying Europeans must go to Napier.
(No. 2) Ahikereru, (near Urewera Country) Sept. 11 1869
To Wi Tamihana, Honeaneta, Kiriwhera, Hupae, and all of you. Friends, salutations to you all. This is one whose feet is caused to walk by the Lord again on our boundaries like a child returning to his land of old. Friends, this is my saying to you. If any of you are desirous to come to us, come at once. When this letter reaches you be quick, if you do not come here assemble at Opepe. This is a warning that you may be prepared at the day of the Lord's lifting of the sword, lest you be caught in the mouth of the lion. Leave that land in which you are.
To Locke:- Let this be known to Europeans, Rhodes Karaitiana, Karauria, and all Heretaunga. This is a word of warning, if you wish to discredit it, well and good. Envoy at Heruiwhi. Stop passing either way, of Europeans and natives, lest you should be received. I will tell you all things.
Wirihana, the Hau Hau, just returned from seeing Rewi. Wirihana will endeavour to give Europeans notice if he cannot stop Ureweras coming down.
Locke got original Maori letters of above. Copy of this to be sent to Mr. Stafford.
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