Object #1019042 from MS-Papers-0032-0619
3 pages written 1 Nov 1860 by Abraham Warbrick
From: Inward letters - Surnames, War - War, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0619 (21 digitised items).
Correspondents:Abraham Warbrick, Auckland & Tauranga, 1844, 1860-1876 (15 letters); C D R Ward, Wellington & Dunedin, 1864, 1876 & undated (4 letters); Robert Ward, Rangitikei, 1869 & 1871 (2 letters)
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
1 November 1860.
It is most distressing to My feelings to hear of the sad news of the contemplated visit of the Waikato tribes to this settlement. I am in possession of information which I received yesterday that Thompson, Tarapipipi is in communication with the whole of the tribes in the Bay of Plenty extending to the Huriwera mountains, Tarawera and Taupo.
Special messengers have been sent to these tribes acquainting them with the murder (as he calls it) of the native at Waiuku and calling upon them for an expression of sympathy and assistance. Thompson had been to Tauranga in order to create a sympathy with the Ngateawa tribe, the result of his visit is not known, the natives having agreed to hold a general meeting of the whole tribe which was to have taken place last week, it will then be finally settled whether they will join the Waikatos or not.
I feel with you and Government an intense interest in the welfare of my adopted country and had I been at liberty at the time when I wrote a letter to my friend Mr. H. T. Clarke a copy of which I enclose for your perusal, I flatter myself that I might have been of some essential use to the Government at the present time. I am fully
convinced that the natives intend to attack this province. Thompson when in Tauranga had plenty of money with him to purchase powder, he only succeeded however in purchasing 2 casks from the natives. I think it would be well for Government to keep a watchful eye towards the Thames, if an attack is made I have every reason to believe that the Waikatos will come by way of the Thames, It is much to be regretted that the Governor did not insist on the passing of the Native offenders Bill, this at the present juncture would have been of great advantage to the Govt.
I hope you will excuse the liberty I have thus taken in trespassing upon your valuable time and believe me to remain with best wishes for your welfare
Yours very respectfully,
Inward letters - Surnames, War - War, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0619 (21 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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