Object #1019144 from MS-Papers-0032-0282

3 pages written 7 May 1866 by Lieutenant-Colonel James Fraser

From: Inward letters - James Fraser, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0282 (39 digitised items). 38 letters written from Hawke's Bay, Bay of Plenty and East Coast, 1865-1870. Includes letter addressed to Captain Rhodes, 1865

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go without them. We had no one with us who knew the road so our progress was slower than it would have been otherwise. The men behaved admirably but are of course done up as I am myself, so please excuse my not sending you an official, which I will do by the "Tawera". In native words you will of course have heard I think the war may at last be considered done at any rate as far as the Hau Hau are concerned. Morgan and some men I expect here tomorrow, they were at Tolaga Bay yesterday. If I can get him to attack "Maunga powhatu" with me, I will go up there. Kereopa and Patara are both there, but if not I will send him back home, and start as I said before on Wednesday myself by the coast road so I will then know both tracks. "Entre nous" Toogood has been here doing a good deal of mischief I will write you

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further about it. I trust you will approve of my doings and believe me


Yours ever sincerely,
James Fraser.

P. S. I saw no Hau-Hau nor any tracks on my march.

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Turanga-nui
7th. May, 1866


My dear Sir,

I write you in a great hurry to tell you that I am here with some of my men, having come overland from the Wairoa. Ipropose returning with them on Wednesday next. We had a very hard time of it, two days without food, and were obliged at last to kill and eat a foal. The friendly natives at the Wairoa would not accompany us after proposing this march and volunteering to do so, so I determined to go without them. We had no one with us who knew the road so our progress was slower than it would have been otherwise. The men behaved admirably but are of course done up as I am myself, so please excuse my not sending you an official, which I will do by the "Tawera". In native words you will of course have heard I think the war may at last be considered done at any rate as far as the Hau Hau are concerned. Morgan and some men I expect here tomorrow, they were at Tolaga Bay yesterday. If I can get him to attack "Maunga powhatu" with me, I will go up there. Kereopa and Patara are both there, but if not I will send him back home, and start as I said before on Wednesday myself by the coast road so I will then know both tracks. "Entre nous" Toogood has been here doing a good deal of mischief I will write you further about it. I trust you will approve of my doings and believe me


Yours ever sincerely,
James Fraser.

P. S. I saw no Hau-Hau nor any tracks on my march.

Part of:
Inward letters - James Fraser, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0282 (39 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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