Object #1022095 from MS-Papers-0032-0263

7 pages written 5 Oct 1868 by George Thomas Fannin in Napier City to Wellington

From: Inward letters - G T Fannin, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0263 (44 digitised items). 42 letters written from Hawke's Bay, 1863-1868. Includes three newspaper clippings, one a letter to the editor from James Woodbine Johnson, Maraetaha Station, 1868.

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Napier

Oct. 5th. 1868.



Sir,

In continuation of my last report. I have the honor to inform you that I attended the Native Meeting at Pakowai -- Karaitiana recd. the Europeans well and treated them very hospitably. The tone of the meeting was not exactly as stated in the enclosed memo., which I furnished to Mr. Wood the same evg. on my return to Town. I withheld what I will presently state -- knowing that Your Honor would not wish that any unnecessary alarm should be promulgayed than could be helped -- Hori Nia Nia and his tribe together with the Porangahau

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and Rua Tauwha Natives were singularly reserved and sulky. I might say that excepting Kariatianas natives and perhaps Renatas there was a great want of cordiality shown by the natives generally present. I am very loth to make your Honors mind more uneasy than it must be at present. There were very few speakers who expressed a natural sympathy -- one I mean which would bear on the face of it truth -- with the Europeans -- their only cry was arms, and ammunition. Karauria wanted to keep the outer guard with his men at Pawhakairo -- but Karaitiana would not hear of it -- so they arranged that 50 of his men should go to Pawhakairo -- they are there now -- have repaired the palasading and this morng. commenced to throw up earthwork inside of the Pah -- there is evidently a very jealous feeling existing between these natives.

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The Hapuka came at the close of the meeting -- well on in drink -- got up and interrupted Mr. Rhodes who was addressing the Natives -- and said he was a Hau Hau and that every man around were Hau Hau too. In conversing with the Bishop of Waiapu, I happened to state my opinion of Wirihana and Taupo natives similar to what I stated to Your Honor and the remark he made was that I perfectly agree with you Mr. Fannin -- I state this for Your Honors information. I see in a Wanganui Herald of the 16th. ultimo that Wirihana of Taupo was expected with 50 natives at Patea -- the number he stated to have taken with him to Ahikereru. I enclose a letter I recd. from Mr. Worgan which he requested me to forward to Yr. Honor -- Mr. Hamlin starts for the East Coast in place of Mr.

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Locke tomorrow -- he sends for a report of the Meeting as well as one to Mr. Cooper. Every one is anxiously looking for your return. Your Honors appearance will be as good as a host of soldiers -- one of the instructions given to Mr. Hamlin is to try -- in a proper manner -- to get all the arms he can from the natives. Your Honor will best judge of the expediency of such a measure -- I hope Col. Whitmore will get his due together with another member of the Legislative Assembly for the underhand manner in which they worked against Your Honor. I dont hear one unless Mr. Wilson who says a good word for Col. Whitmore. What a position

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for the Ministry to hold on Your Honors motion of want of confidence -- and to retain their seats on the bare vote of the Speaker -- Everyone here is astonished and disgusted -- I acquainted Mr. Rhodes with every thing with which I became informed -- so that he might Telegram the news -- as it was currently reported that any unnecessary Telegrams might be charged to the Provinces -- and as I was sure Mr. Stafford was awfully wrath with Your Honor for the punishment he recd. at your hands, I though it as well to save any unnecessary expense in my Telegraphing -- as you would recv. it very nearly as soon by Mr. Rhodes -- he having been lately very much in Town. Capt. Carter came over this morning from his place -- but is far from

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well he complains very much of his head. I have circulate the Hansard containing your and Mr. Ormonds speechs amongst all I could in Napier -- Mr. Wood presents your speech and Mr. Staffords reply in tomorrows paper. If any further news arrives before the Steamer leaves I will dirly. transmit the same to Your Honor. Hoping you will soon return and in good health.

I have the honor to be Sir
Your most obt. svt.
Geo. Thos. Fannin.
His Honor The Superintendent of H. Bay, Wellington.

English (ATL)

Napier

Oct. 5th. 1868.



Sir,

In continuation of my last report. I have the honor to inform you that I attended the Native Meeting at Pakowai -- Karaitiana recd. the Europeans well and treated them very hospitably. The tone of the meeting was not exactly as stated in the enclosed memo., which I furnished to Mr. Wood the same evg. on my return to Town. I withheld what I will presently state -- knowing that Your Honor would not wish that any unnecessary alarm should be promulgayed than could be helped -- Hori Nia Nia and his tribe together with the Porangahau and Rua Tauwha Natives were singularly reserved and sulky. I might say that excepting Kariatianas natives and perhaps Renatas there was a great want of cordiality shown by the natives generally present. I am very loth to make your Honors mind more uneasy than it must be at present. There were very few speakers who expressed a natural sympathy -- one I mean which would bear on the face of it truth -- with the Europeans -- their only cry was arms, and ammunition. Karauria wanted to keep the outer guard with his men at Pawhakairo -- but Karaitiana would not hear of it -- so they arranged that 50 of his men should go to Pawhakairo -- they are there now -- have repaired the palasading and this morng. commenced to throw up earthwork inside of the Pah -- there is evidently a very jealous feeling existing between these natives. The Hapuka came at the close of the meeting -- well on in drink -- got up and interrupted Mr. Rhodes who was addressing the Natives -- and said he was a Hau Hau and that every man around were Hau Hau too. In conversing with the Bishop of Waiapu, I happened to state my opinion of Wirihana and Taupo natives similar to what I stated to Your Honor and the remark he made was that I perfectly agree with you Mr. Fannin -- I state this for Your Honors information. I see in a Wanganui Herald of the 16th. ultimo that Wirihana of Taupo was expected with 50 natives at Patea -- the number he stated to have taken with him to Ahikereru. I enclose a letter I recd. from Mr. Worgan which he requested me to forward to Yr. Honor -- Mr. Hamlin starts for the East Coast in place of Mr. Locke tomorrow -- he sends for a report of the Meeting as well as one to Mr. Cooper. Every one is anxiously looking for your return. Your Honors appearance will be as good as a host of soldiers -- one of the instructions given to Mr. Hamlin is to try -- in a proper manner -- to get all the arms he can from the natives. Your Honor will best judge of the expediency of such a measure -- I hope Col. Whitmore will get his due together with another member of the Legislative Assembly for the underhand manner in which they worked against Your Honor. I dont hear one unless Mr. Wilson who says a good word for Col. Whitmore. What a position for the Ministry to hold on Your Honors motion of want of confidence -- and to retain their seats on the bare vote of the Speaker -- Everyone here is astonished and disgusted -- I acquainted Mr. Rhodes with every thing with which I became informed -- so that he might Telegram the news -- as it was currently reported that any unnecessary Telegrams might be charged to the Provinces -- and as I was sure Mr. Stafford was awfully wrath with Your Honor for the punishment he recd. at your hands, I though it as well to save any unnecessary expense in my Telegraphing -- as you would recv. it very nearly as soon by Mr. Rhodes -- he having been lately very much in Town. Capt. Carter came over this morning from his place -- but is far from well he complains very much of his head. I have circulate the Hansard containing your and Mr. Ormonds speechs amongst all I could in Napier -- Mr. Wood presents your speech and Mr. Staffords reply in tomorrows paper. If any further news arrives before the Steamer leaves I will dirly. transmit the same to Your Honor. Hoping you will soon return and in good health.

I have the honor to be Sir
Your most obt. svt.
Geo. Thos. Fannin.
His Honor The Superintendent of H. Bay, Wellington.

Part of:
Inward letters - G T Fannin, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0263 (44 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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