Object #1023017 from MS-Papers-0032-0619
3 pages written 15 Aug 1860 by Abraham Warbrick to Henry Tacy Clarke
From: Inward letters - Surnames, War - War, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0619 (21 digitised items).
Correspondents:Abraham Warbrick, Auckland & Tauranga, 1844, 1860-1876 (15 letters); C D R Ward, Wellington & Dunedin, 1864, 1876 & undated (4 letters); Robert Ward, Rangitikei, 1869 & 1871 (2 letters)
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15 Aug. 1860.
I perceive that the whole attention of the Government, the press and the people is at present directed to and absorbed in the subject of the native rebellion, which has lately assumed a much darker aspect and most serious character from the fact of the large and influential character of the Waikato tribes who have been so long disturbed and excited by the King movement becoming now more intimately identified with the Taranaki insurrection by sending considerable armed assistance to William King and being only prevented from making common cause with him and proceeding in large force to join him, by the fear that they themselves may be attacked by the Government at their own place.
As an old Colonist long resident among the natives and well acquainted with their language and habits - and also a loyal subject of my sovereign and sincerely desirous of the reestablishment of British authority and supremacy, I have been pained by this widespread disaffection and it has struck me that from the peculiar circumstances in which I have been placed my services might perhaps be made available for the purposes of Government in the Waikato district, and if so I should be glad to be so employed.
I may state that I was for many years living at Mata Mata under the protection of William Thompson, a number of whose party it appears have been seduced by the rebels to join in the insurrection and I was particularly requested by Mr. Edw. S. Shortland to remain in that district and watch over the mind and conduct of that wary and influential chief and I may say that I completely possessed and still retain his entire confidence and that of the whole of the Nga te Haua tribe.
Should my services be accepted I shall have no objection to proceed to the Waikato - learn the present disposition and intentions of the natives and report from time to time what is going on.
As I have never been connected with the Government in this Colony I should not be looked upon with suspicion or distrust by the disaffected portion of the natives and I might be frequently the means of procuring and forwarding to the Government most important information.
You know the position in which I am placed and I should take it as a great favour if you would kindly assist me in this matter.
H. T. Clarke Esq.
Inward letters - Surnames, War - War, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0619 (21 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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