Object #1022652 from MS-Papers-0032-0507

3 pages written 2 Aug 1869 by an unknown author in Ohinemuri

From: Inward letters - Daniel Pollen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0507 (52 digitised items). 51 letters written from Auckland, 1857-1870, and undated. Includes copy of letter from W N Searanke to Dr Pollen & Lt Col W Moule to Searanke, 30 Jul 1869; John W Thorp to Major Cooper, Ohinemuri, Aug 1869; other letters to Dr Pollen, Aug 1869. Also piece-level inventory (excludes letters accessioned in 1969)

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COPY. Opukeko Ohinemuri

August 2nd. 1869

Major Cooper,
Dear Sir,

I am sorry to have to inform you that two of Te Kooti's party, - one named Paratene, and the other Aratiera, - both of the Ngatiporou tribe, arrived at Ohinemuri yesterday evening. They have come to introduce Te Kooti's new religion, or Karakia; which is, by their report, to make anyone that adopts it (their Karakia) ball-proof; and I am sorry to hear that these natives here have, or are to adopt it; - or, in other words, join Te Kooti.

They also report that Te Kooti has seen Tawahoo, after which he left for Mokau with 200 of the Waikatos that have joined him; and that he also means to make Taupo his head-quarters, and fight the Europeans if they fight, with his ball-proof men or troopers.

If the English Government are not going to help us, I think it is quite time that our Government adopted some other means of clearing the country of Hau Haus; i.e. - give ten pounds per head for all Hau Haus' heads, and supply the parties that undertake to bring them in, with arms and provisions; and before six months had gone, we would not be troubled with a single Hau Hau. Say 2,000 Hau Haus (men), - it would be only the small sum, for all expenses, of £30,000.

I am, dear Sir,
Yours truly (Signed)
John W. Thorp.

Part of:
Inward letters - Daniel Pollen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0507 (52 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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