Object #1022525 from MS-Papers-0032-0658

3 pages written Feb 1869 by George Tovey Buckland Worgan in Wairoa to Sir Donald McLean in Napier City

From: Inward letters - George B Worgan, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0658 (95 digitised items). 93 letters and memos written from Wairoa, Napier and Wanganui, 1864-1873. Includes piece-level inventory of letters accessioned pre-1969.

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'Wairoa'

Feby. 69.



Dear Sir,

From what I have gathered in course of conversation with Capt. Spiller I am considerably strengthened in my belief that the success of the final operations in 'Turanga' was in reality nothing like so great as represented - Spiller declares that so far as the European troops were concerned that the loss they inflicted on the enemy was unnecesily exaggerated, that the reports brought in by natives after the evacuation of 'Ngatapa' were unreservedly accepted the always lacking confirmation. I mean as to alleged destruction of the enemy - The number of bodies found in the pa were very few - and all accounts agree that but few of the ex prisoners were found in any case - Again how

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about arms? We have not heard the last of ''Te Kooti'' rely on it, or ''Te Waru'' either - Mr. Richmonds messenger has not returned for the 5£ promised him for carrying the letter to 'Paerau' - and 'John Gemmel' has not been heard of. I must tell you that Gemmel had full confidence in his ability to visit the Uriwera in safety on account of his intimacy with 'Ngatimatewai' people, and went away with his eyes open to the risk he ran - I scarce know what conclusion to arrive at respecting his fate. I incline on the whole to think they may simply detain him as a prisoner - Should he ever get away his information would likely be valuable - I want when the weather will permit it to make another tour through the District taking in the country behind 'Whataroa' - Capt. Spiller is so imbued with the conviction that ''Te Kooti'' still possesses a strong following that he is nervous of running any considerable risk with the handful of men we have - in which he is quite right. I can always command the services of a sufficient number of Natives to make up a scouting party - but I would like to know your opinion of the matter before taking any further step - It is I believe Col. Lamberts intention to visit the District again and also to bring Capt. Corfield up he writes to that effect -

I was unable through indisposition to accompany Mr. Burton to 'Mohaka' the natives were however quite willing and desirous of delivering your sheep at least such as were in their possession but it appears afraid to point out the

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ear marks and was moreover extremely insolent to Mr. Burton - Capt. Spiller wrote you about Paul's wish to go inland. I find a great deal of uneasiness amongst the natives, the foundation for which it is not easy to discover - they express perfect willingness to make any movement you desire - The few military settlers remaining about Clyde are wishful to return to their Homes Capt. Spiller referred them to me for information as to the safety of doing so. I have counselled further delay until our knowledge of matters assumes a more definite form.


I am dear Sir Your obedt. Servt.
Geo. B. Worgan
D. McLean Esq. Napier

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'Wairoa'

Feby. 69.



Dear Sir,

From what I have gathered in course of conversation with Capt. Spiller I am considerably strengthened in my belief that the success of the final operations in 'Turanga' was in reality nothing like so great as represented - Spiller declares that so far as the European troops were concerned that the loss they inflicted on the enemy was unnecesily exaggerated, that the reports brought in by natives after the evacuation of 'Ngatapa' were unreservedly accepted the always lacking confirmation. I mean as to alleged destruction of the enemy - The number of bodies found in the pa were very few - and all accounts agree that but few of the ex prisoners were found in any case - Again how about arms? We have not heard the last of ''Te Kooti'' rely on it, or ''Te Waru'' either - Mr. Richmonds messenger has not returned for the 5£ promised him for carrying the letter to 'Paerau' - and 'John Gemmel' has not been heard of. I must tell you that Gemmel had full confidence in his ability to visit the Uriwera in safety on account of his intimacy with 'Ngatimatewai' people, and went away with his eyes open to the risk he ran - I scarce know what conclusion to arrive at respecting his fate. I incline on the whole to think they may simply detain him as a prisoner - Should he ever get away his information would likely be valuable - I want when the weather will permit it to make another tour through the District taking in the country behind 'Whataroa' - Capt. Spiller is so imbued with the conviction that ''Te Kooti'' still possesses a strong following that he is nervous of running any considerable risk with the handful of men we have - in which he is quite right. I can always command the services of a sufficient number of Natives to make up a scouting party - but I would like to know your opinion of the matter before taking any further step - It is I believe Col. Lamberts intention to visit the District again and also to bring Capt. Corfield up he writes to that effect -

I was unable through indisposition to accompany Mr. Burton to 'Mohaka' the natives were however quite willing and desirous of delivering your sheep at least such as were in their possession but it appears afraid to point out the ear marks and was moreover extremely insolent to Mr. Burton - Capt. Spiller wrote you about Paul's wish to go inland. I find a great deal of uneasiness amongst the natives, the foundation for which it is not easy to discover - they express perfect willingness to make any movement you desire - The few military settlers remaining about Clyde are wishful to return to their Homes Capt. Spiller referred them to me for information as to the safety of doing so. I have counselled further delay until our knowledge of matters assumes a more definite form.


I am dear Sir Your obedt. Servt.
Geo. B. Worgan
D. McLean Esq. Napier

Part of:
Inward letters - George B Worgan, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0658 (95 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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