Object #1021189 from MS-Papers-0032-0228

4 pages written 15 Aug 1870 by George Sisson Cooper to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - George Sisson Cooper, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0228 (108 digitised items). 105 letters written from Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington. Contains correspondence between McLean and Cooper with regard to the purchase of Maori land in Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa in particular, and various complaints and issues that arose from the purchases; also contains information and discussions about the spread of the Pai Marire and Ringatu religions (again, with a particular focus on Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa), and about general Maori affairs. Includes draft letters from McLean to Cooper; letters from George's wife Ellen C Cooper, 1863-1872, and from Sarah Cooper (undated).

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Dear McLean

Kemp was told that the money sent up with Booth was £7996.18.7 to pay to Natives - £1916.7.1 to pay Storekeepers - in all £9913.5.8. Booth has all the papers and will tell him what has been stopped to pay claims at Maketu Tauranga and Opotiki. Ka huri tena - Tu ake te kupu.

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Nothing of great importance from Auckld. I send 2 or 3 private letters. Ngapuhi write about Wi Taho's epistle but it does not seem to have done much or any harm. Puckey has had a meeting about foreshore at Thames, but has come to no conclusion. Thinks £2000 will do the business. He also writes very strongly against the Ohinemuri Tauranga telegraph,

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and Clarke the same - the latter says on consulting Taipari he said ''waiho kia totohu te pungarehu o tena kua oti'' and was strong against the policy of attempting the other.

Bush writes that Tahau who with P. Toki is at Upper Thames, was the murderer of Biggs and committed many other atrocities - and that the party are industriously spreading Kooti's

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karakia, as distinct from the karakia Hauhau.

Ormond sails at 1.30 p.m. today.
Yours faithfully
G. S. Cooper
Augt. 15/70

English (ATL)


Dear McLean

Kemp was told that the money sent up with Booth was £7996.18.7 to pay to Natives - £1916.7.1 to pay Storekeepers - in all £9913.5.8. Booth has all the papers and will tell him what has been stopped to pay claims at Maketu Tauranga and Opotiki. Ka huri tena - Tu ake te kupu.

Nothing of great importance from Auckld. I send 2 or 3 private letters. Ngapuhi write about Wi Taho's epistle but it does not seem to have done much or any harm. Puckey has had a meeting about foreshore at Thames, but has come to no conclusion. Thinks £2000 will do the business. He also writes very strongly against the Ohinemuri Tauranga telegraph, and Clarke the same - the latter says on consulting Taipari he said ''waiho kia totohu te pungarehu o tena kua oti'' and was strong against the policy of attempting the other.

Bush writes that Tahau who with P. Toki is at Upper Thames, was the murderer of Biggs and committed many other atrocities - and that the party are industriously spreading Kooti's karakia, as distinct from the karakia Hauhau.

Ormond sails at 1.30 p.m. today.
Yours faithfully
G. S. Cooper
Augt. 15/70

Part of:
Inward letters - George Sisson Cooper, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0228 (108 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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