Object #1022563 from MS-Papers-0032-0510

4 pages written 25 Jan 1872 by Thomas William Porter in Gisborne

From: Inward letters - T W Porter, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0510 (96 digitised items). 96 letters written from Gisborne and Wairoa, 1870-1876 & undated. Includes letters in Maori to Poata from R Kawhia of Tuparoa, 1876; letter to Kapene Poata from Hotene Porourangi of Waiapu, 1876.

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25th. Jany. 1872.

Dear Sir,

I returned from the coast last Monday. I stayed two days with Ropata at Mataahu a letter had reached him from Mr. Ormond telling him to await further word. I found him well and earnest to settle all things up, with his people a number of Waiapu people came to request our going up to settle disputes existing among them. I find they fear Ropata more than they like him; he is himself quite aware of the jealousy towards him. Ngatiporou expressed satisfaction at Kereopas death. I think his death will have a salutary effect upon all waverers and also the Arawa will be better against the Ngatiporou a feeling I think it is as well to exist as being far apart they are not likely to come to blows. I am afraid the Arawa will want to remove remains at some future time which may recall rather unpleasant reminiscences. We have a great dearth of information here since Mr. Ormond left for north not a single letter from G.G. Agents office. Colonel Russell has gone up to Waiapu. I am elected a committeeman to the school here I shall take a great interest in the matter as I think it is really badly wanted to draw off attention from vice.

I wish to call your attention to want of some one to assist native assessors in trying petty thefts etc. along the coast. I had several matters referred to me to adjudicate which had I been a J.P. I could with an assessors assistance have disposed off. If dear Sir you think me competent to be a J.P. I could very often be of great assistance as all the natives are used to my authority and as I am nearly always travelling I could without trouble dispose of many petty affairs. I enclose you letter just received from Ropata. The two Ureweras have arrived here they express no regret at Kereopas death they take it as a matter of course. Ngatiporou are expecting road works to begin.

I have the honor to be Dear Sir, Yours most faithfully,
T.W. Porter. Capt.

Part of:
Inward letters - T W Porter, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0510 (96 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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