Object #1021066 from MS-Papers-0032-0162

4 pages written 19 Jun 1866 by Reginald Newton Biggs in Turanganui to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Reginald N Biggs, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0162 (43 digitised items). 39 letters written from Wanganui, Tangoio, Wairoa, Christchurch, Tuparoa, Turanganui, Poverty Bay. Includes map of Wanganui sections, 1857 [?]. Names on map - Crass [?], C G Doughty, Thomas Kettle, F Watts, Awamoho, Pehira, W Jowett & R N Biggs (sections 26 & 27) by the Wanganui River. Includes letters from Biggs to Deighton, and Biggs to Fraser.

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19 June 1866

My dear Mr. McLean

One of Anau's women has just come in with several letters from him to the chiefs here from which you will see that he is for doing as much mischief as possible. He has given up the Hau Hau religion and taken to the new one. You will also see that he urges in all his letters the necessity of being on the guard. You will perhaps remember that te Waru did the same at Wairoa. The chiefs in Turanga are very anxious that Kohanga Karearea should not be given up as a military post. When the Rangers are discharged which will be on the 8th. of next month I shall only have 40 men under me and several of the 40 can not be called effective. I hope you will urge on the government the great necessity of keeping at present a force of at least 70 men here not only for the purpose of repelling an attack but also to prevent the doubtful friends from joining the new religion. I send this to Wairoa to catch the mail to Napier so that you may have all the information I can get before going to Wellington. Fraser and staff arrived here last week in the Sturt he is I think coming back overland from Waiapu Rice and Preece from Auckland are feeling their way with the Maoris for the purposes of purchasing land. They have not got any yet besides the oil springs we have now got sulphur and salt.

Yours very Truly
Reginald Newton Biggs.

Part of:
Inward letters - Reginald N Biggs, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0162 (43 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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