Object #1019802 from MS-Papers-0032-0022

4 pages written 22 Nov 1868 by William Leonard Williams in Turanganui

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. Turanganui

November 22nd. 1868

My dear Sir,

Many thanks for your letter of yesterday, and for what you have done for our relief. I am glad to hear from Capt. Kennedy that there is going to be a move made from the Wairoa at once, and earnestly do pray that God's blessing may rest upon the measures which have now been adopted for the purpose of putting down this ruthless band of fanatical murderers.

We have not yet been able to ascertain satisfactorily, the number of names of the natives whom Kooti has had killed. It is said that some of our scouts have seen the bodies of Wi Pere, Himioria Katipa, Petera, and Paora Matuakore; but whether this is correct, I cannot say. There are many others - the quietest and best disposed natives on the other side of the bay, of whom we can hear absolutely nothing, and from what we know of some others, we cannot but fear the worst.

We have no further news, as Kooti seems to have left for his mountain home. Ngatikahungunu are in pursuit, and must be close upon him now, for they came upon his rear on Friday morning.

Mrs. Wilson, I am thankful to say, goes on steadily. The only way to ascertain her progress, is to compare her state of intervale of several days; and in this way it is easy to see that there is a decided improvement. An air bed might be of advantage to her, in preventing any soreness from lying so much in one position. It will be many days, I daresay, before she is fit to stand the voyage to Napier.

I remain Yours very truly (Signed)
W.L. Williams
To:- D. McLean Esq.

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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