Since writing the previous note in pencil stating that we were going to hold a meeting of the leading Chiefs, the meeting has been held, and from the serious light the natives looked at the present crisis something ought to be done here at once - The natives wish to build a pa in their own way for themselves, and wish us to build one for ourselves, It is impossible to say what day the Hauhaus may reappear, some natives from Maraetaha asked me to ask you to speak to Mathew Hill cautioning him against sending sheep there, as there is a quarrel about the matter amongst themselves, and the place is in an excited state - I have got a letter given me by Kohea from the Governor dated 1852 stating that you would be up here soon. Deighton suggested that his brother could be put in charge of the stockade here - from what I know I should think the man required should be a man of judgment if possible - Old Ihaka takes 20 muskets with him and Matenga 10 - The later is a very doubtful man Ihaka has a very uphill job, I told him to
send a messenger at any time to you and if he wanted anything to let you know and you would send it by the cutter, The Trix is afloat but she has not got a new mast yet - I send the deeds of Waihua and Nuhaka I should like to write a report or something of the kind so that there can be no mistake about Ihaka's land at Waikokopu when I get to Town, I think of riding up in a few days, if you have no objection to settle matters, The Turanga people are very doubtful for all their going on with respect to the Bishop I think that Hirini is not king yet - The Natives to the north of this province require a strong settlement or two of Whites amongst them -
Your Ot. St.
D. McLean, Esq.
Inward letters - Samuel Locke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0393 (103 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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