Object #1022242 from MS-Papers-0032-0561

3 pages written 5 May 1873 by Cort Henry Schnackenberg in Raglan to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - C H Schnackenberg, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0561 (73 digitised items). 69 letters written from Mokau, Kawhia, Aotea, Raglan and Wellington, 1845-1876 & undated. Includes piece-level inventory (letters accessioned in 1969 not added). Includes letters in Maori from: Hihaka to McLean, Mokau, 1857; Taherei Waitare to Rangihaeata, 1851; Waitara to McLean, Jul 1846.

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English (ATL)

Raglan
May 5th 1873


My dear Sir

I am very sorry to hear of murder again. Our natives are sorry too, and some would perhaps be glad to fight. I hardly know what to think or say in the matter. Hetaraka said to me, not long ago, "Kua kitea, na Kawana Paraone nga he katoa etc." - with such sentiments, he is not likely to be of much use in fighting for Government. Nor have I much confidence in the heroismof any Waikatos against Waikatos. Arawa or Ngatiporo would have to be employed, I think, or better still, endure a while longer. It is not an easy matter to catch the murderers, or thrash the Maories, however richly they may deserve it. And this I believe, is the opinion of most of those who know what war with Maories means, and who have anything to lose, and nothing (personally) to gain by it.

Our Natives talk about a "hui" here at Raglan, and want you to bring the New Governor. I signed the request lest they should think I opposed it, but the winter is hardly the time for it. I should be very glad indeed to see you, and the Governor and natives too, but how are hundreds of hungry Maories to be fed? Hetaraka has nothing, and others have nothing to spare. If I were you I would tell the petitioners "first grow plenty of food, and we will then come and see you". There are too many constables at Ngaruawahia - here we have only one. The "Hui" however would be orderly, I think. I would gladly feed a dozen for a week or so, but you would have to feed the rest. If you intend to comply with their wishes, please let me know, and I will do what I can in preparation for the event.

When you were at Kawhia, the teacher would have visited you had he been at home. He was here, but Ara, his wife, I hear, was among the visitors. If you noticed her at all, I believe you found her a clean and intelligent person, indeed superior to any in the place. All the Ngatimaniapotos would be glad to see you, and many of the Ngatimahuta and Ngatihiharis too, including even that "mangai nui" Tapihana. Hone te One told me the king was "riri", but Hone has seldom "rongo pai", but generally "rongo kino" to preach. Both he and the king, I believe, only regret, that a portion of your notice, which they beleive due to themselves, was bestowed upon others.

In conclusion, I would remark, that I have reason to believe, the great majority of even the kingites are really sorry for the late murder. But will the murderers be given up? that I doubt. I have heard it said, the pakeha had warning "kaua e rete etc." and this (the leasing) many seem not only to think as the cause of, but also as a justification of the murder - though generally disposed to peace.


I remain, My dear Sir Yours very respectfully
C.H. Schnackenberg.
The Honourable D. McLean C.M.G.

Part of:
Inward letters - C H Schnackenberg, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0561 (73 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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