Object #1022653 from MS-Papers-0032-0658

3 pages written 26 Mar 1869 by George Tovey Buckland Worgan in Wairoa to Sir Donald McLean

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''

March 26th 69



Dear Sir,

I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 23rd. I enclose you copy of a letter I sent today by the orderly to the Acting Agent for the Genl. Govt: -- my object for writing which is to elicit a speedy reply from the Govt, as to their intentions towards myself. I do not for the moment entertain the idea that they will continue my employment and perhaps scarcely the wish that they should do so -- Capt. Spiller to whom I pointed this out, begged of me to continue to assist him for the present at any rate, this I would do in any case, and I do not very clearly see how they can get along without me. It is certainly inconvenient not getting any pay -- it is now five months since I had any and I have found that the work fully

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occupies all my time, and would any one's to do it as throughly as I believe I have done -- The rate of pay I have no doubt is an objection, I would not however accept any position with a less salary than £300 per ann: However I have a right to receive an answer to my letter, and as I before stated I anticipate that my employment will be discontinued --

Now as to this place -- it is going too far to say ''that we are prepared for an emergency'' we have done all in our power with very limited means to guard against surprise but there the matter ends -- and only this by the aid voluntarily yeilded to my request by the native chiers -- the Military arrangements are totally inadequate -- nearly all the families have moved as near as they can get to the Redoubt, the Imiroa people sleep at ''te Hatipe pa'' even 'Toha' has abandoned the pilot station -- and I myself take it by turn with my servant and a neighbour to mount guard every night at Spooners point; as no men can be spared from the Blockhouse for the purpose. The times are any but agreeable and suspense is more wearisome and depressing than being brought face to face with the menaced danger would be.

My private reasons (which I hinted to, you) for supposing that we are not really menaced by serious attack, are first the few men ''Te Waru'' could bring into the field, by himself, and the want of any large supply of Ammunition -- as the same time their scouting parties are active and daring, and wouldn't hesitate a moment to attack a weak point that offered chance of supply of arms and powder. And again I have gathered little by little from a variety of sources

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so through a knowledge of the plans agreed upon between ''Te Kooti'' and ''Te Waru'' that I feel tolerably assured that whilst ''Te Kooti'' remains to attack ''Opotiki'' ''Te Waru'' will not more than threaten Wairoa. I think I wrote you as early as Feby. 5th or 6th that ''Te Kooti'' would attack the Bay of Plenty settlements, this when he was alleged to have been completely cut up by Col. Whitmore. you will admit I have been pretty accurate in my information all through -- A word about the correspondence from the Militia office Napier -- It is of the most amazing character -- and only to be accounted for on the supposition that brains and education are wholly unnecessary qualifications for the possession of a Captain Major or Col: commanding I have written to Mr. Fannin about the views entertained here in reference to the last act of the Gen. Govt. -- I will without fail keep you informed of everything that takes place here.

I have the honor to remain, Dear Sir,
Your most obed. servt.
Geo. B. Worgan
His Honor D. McLean Esq.

English (ATL)

''Wairoa''

March 26th 69



Dear Sir,

I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 23rd. I enclose you copy of a letter I sent today by the orderly to the Acting Agent for the Genl. Govt: -- my object for writing which is to elicit a speedy reply from the Govt, as to their intentions towards myself. I do not for the moment entertain the idea that they will continue my employment and perhaps scarcely the wish that they should do so -- Capt. Spiller to whom I pointed this out, begged of me to continue to assist him for the present at any rate, this I would do in any case, and I do not very clearly see how they can get along without me. It is certainly inconvenient not getting any pay -- it is now five months since I had any and I have found that the work fully occupies all my time, and would any one's to do it as throughly as I believe I have done -- The rate of pay I have no doubt is an objection, I would not however accept any position with a less salary than £300 per ann: However I have a right to receive an answer to my letter, and as I before stated I anticipate that my employment will be discontinued --

Now as to this place -- it is going too far to say ''that we are prepared for an emergency'' we have done all in our power with very limited means to guard against surprise but there the matter ends -- and only this by the aid voluntarily yeilded to my request by the native chiers -- the Military arrangements are totally inadequate -- nearly all the families have moved as near as they can get to the Redoubt, the Imiroa people sleep at ''te Hatipe pa'' even 'Toha' has abandoned the pilot station -- and I myself take it by turn with my servant and a neighbour to mount guard every night at Spooners point; as no men can be spared from the Blockhouse for the purpose. The times are any but agreeable and suspense is more wearisome and depressing than being brought face to face with the menaced danger would be.

My private reasons (which I hinted to, you) for supposing that we are not really menaced by serious attack, are first the few men ''Te Waru'' could bring into the field, by himself, and the want of any large supply of Ammunition -- as the same time their scouting parties are active and daring, and wouldn't hesitate a moment to attack a weak point that offered chance of supply of arms and powder. And again I have gathered little by little from a variety of sources so through a knowledge of the plans agreed upon between ''Te Kooti'' and ''Te Waru'' that I feel tolerably assured that whilst ''Te Kooti'' remains to attack ''Opotiki'' ''Te Waru'' will not more than threaten Wairoa. I think I wrote you as early as Feby. 5th or 6th that ''Te Kooti'' would attack the Bay of Plenty settlements, this when he was alleged to have been completely cut up by Col. Whitmore. you will admit I have been pretty accurate in my information all through -- A word about the correspondence from the Militia office Napier -- It is of the most amazing character -- and only to be accounted for on the supposition that brains and education are wholly unnecessary qualifications for the possession of a Captain Major or Col: commanding I have written to Mr. Fannin about the views entertained here in reference to the last act of the Gen. Govt. -- I will without fail keep you informed of everything that takes place here.

I have the honor to remain, Dear Sir,
Your most obed. servt.
Geo. B. Worgan
His Honor D. McLean Esq.

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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