Object #1020524 from MS-Papers-0032-0635

2 pages written 19 Oct 1866 by Sir George Stoddart Whitmore in Te Haroto to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - G S Whitmore, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0635 (105 digitised items). 103 letters written from Hawke's Bay and London, 1862-1869 & undated. Includes letter to Miss McLean written from Wellington by T F? Whitmore, undated; sketch map of area from just north of the Mohaka River south to Whitmore's run (undated). Piece-level inventory of letters accessioned pre-1969.

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Te Haroto
19 Oct. 1866

My dear McLean,

I marched early this morning to Wavparati meeting with no oppositon. I destroyed the Hau Hau sacred pole, and brought away the aarved cross trees which I will bring to Napier together with the dimensions of the pole itself that you may if you see fit, use them to commemorate this weeks occurrences by a similar kind of flagstaff.

From Waiparati I proceeded to Turanga Kumu, where I posted anotice on the most conspicuous part of the track, a copy of which I have had kept and will send by this opportunity if I can. I also caused a volley to be fired, and with several cheers to show their satisfaction at the successful termination of their short expeditions, the Volunteers etc. turned back to Te Haroto. By tomorrow the Volunteers will reach their houses. Their cheerfulness has been beyond praise, and the willing manner in which they have supported me in every thing that lay in their power has really made it most pleasant to have to deal with them. In Birch and Carr I have such smart willing cheery fellows that I would most readily go to Taupo or any place or for any duty with them Happily this is not required now. From a few prisoners I learn that P. ToKi reached Waiparati on Saturday last, with Anaru Matete and Manuera and another. He stated on leaving that he would go through Waikato to Taranaki and bring back a party to take revenge. The messenger from Waikato to the Ngatihinauru was at Waipariti with his despatches and on hearing P. Tohis news went back with them. There was one more (Taniera) proabaly from Omarananui whom they knew to have escaped but he has not come back yet and is regarded as missing. There was one fugitive from Omarauanui who did reach Waiparati Maniapoto a grandson of old Maniapoto. This man passed by without stopping much dejected.

We have taken ten or twelve very neat flags which I have delivered to Karaitiana on his promise that he would take them to Napier and give them to you. Potatos are everywhere abundant about here.

I think we shall march this afternoon homeward. Believe me,

Very truly yours
G.S, Whitmore.

P.S. Many thanks for your attention to my wife which I assure you I feel very much.


Part of:
Inward letters - G S Whitmore, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0635 (105 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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