Object #1020152 from MS-Papers-0032-0528

3 pages written 14 Sep 1868 by Joseph Rhodes in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Joseph Rhodes, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0528 (79 digitised items). 75 letters written from Napier and Clive, 1868-1872 & undated including letter in Maori from Te Waru, 2 Sep 1868.

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14th Sept. 1868

My dear McLean

There is no sign of Whitmore or the Waipara yet. The Lord Ashley is just in Grindell has been out at Omahu I believe but he has made no report to me as yet - Could you not get a force sent to Taupo who with the Arawa might effectually shut the Tarewera gate of this Province - Such a man as Biggs who can speak the language, with a hundred good men would do wonders there to keep the peace this summer -

A Settlement will have to be made in the Interior before anything like a permanent peace can be established in this land.

Poor Atkins died of heart disease, suddenly 2 days ago at Homewood and is to be interred today. The company will miss the manager much who was above the average and had made many friends.

I expect to hear letters from you tomorrow saying how my telegraph news was received by ministers and what chance of assistance here this summer - My feeling were much hurt at the death of two such young men as Capt. Carr and Mr. Canning -

I enclose an official if you think it necessary to forward it do so if not burn it - It only applied yesterday to Whitmores despatch which was delayed by english news etc. - some little time which after all is of little importance.

Mr. Grindell has just reported himself returned from Omahu - Will write you full a/c - Karauria seems to assert what he does not know in quite true as usual, but they are excited and apparently alarmed -

Karaitiana, Karauria and Hapuku have been here this last hour while I write this are urging a supply of arms and amunition - I tell them that arms etc. will be kept in store here and issued to them as soon as any reliable news of attack arrives -

They urge the policy of attacking the Uriwera at Runanga before they can enter this Province and destroy property - so do I if pro voked to do so.

Yours very truly
Joseph Rhodes

Part of:
Inward letters - Joseph Rhodes, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0528 (79 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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