Object #1022091 from MS-Papers-0032-0532
From: Inward letters - Richardson, W A, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0532 (20 digitised items). 18 letters written from Hawke's bay and East Coast, 1865-1876. Includes letters from McLean to Richardson.
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of what is being done in the General Assembly. Reduction, however, seems to be the order of the day in every Department.
You would be glad, as we all were, to learn that the supposed Taupo murders have turned out untrue.
The position of the Uriwera is immediately hostile in the Waikare Moana, Burton, the surveyor, has been warned not to cross any portion of their land.
The Waiau natives have urged him not to go, and Captain Biggs also strongly advised him not to attempt it at present. But he is an obstinate character, and intends running all risks in getting the back line of the Confiscated country carried through.
Old Te Waru has been playing a double part. His statements about the Hau Haus have been quite untrue for some time. Burton says there are about 200 at the Upper or Mohaka end of Waikare-Moana.
Biggs left for Poverty Bay about a week ago.
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He was warned by the natives not to travel the inland road by Te Reinga. He had heard, also, the same report as we did of a threatened raid by the Urewera, either on Poverty Bay or Te Wairoa. I don't think they will attempt anything here, but it would be a very easy matter for them to inflict serious damage and loss in Poverty Bay, at the present time, with impunity.
The natives here want some leading men amongst them. There is a good deal of wrangling and jealousy amongst them. Carroll tells me they want to sell the lower portion of the flat, on his side, so as to end the dispute there is about it. They are also getting anxious to sell all that fine land between our present camp and Pakowhai. It is first class land, and capable of maintaining a large population.
You will be sorry to hear that nearly the whole of poor old Kopu's pub has been burnt.
Fears were entertained for the large Runanga house, Church, and
Inward letters - Richardson, W A, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0532 (20 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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