January 18th. 1851.
I beg to forward the Police Report for the fortnight ending this day:-
Sunday Parade at ten o'clock.
Hakopa, went to the Hua on leave.
Manaki, of the Kawau, and John Putt came to Barracks about a very loose verbal Agreement entered into between them, which I could not arrange.
I posted a letter to you by the Overland Mail to Wellington, of this day.
Annual Meeting of the Taranaki Book Club, held at the Police Office.
A party of Puketapu natives came into town, and finally arranged to complete the long-standing Agreement to fell timber for Mr. Black; he consenting to withdraw his objection to the retention of the bullock taken in place of a yearling, on condition that they were to lop all standing branches.
Medland engaged with Mr. Standish, Heale, and Halkopa on duty in town.
Overland Mail left for Wellington.
Mr. Lakeman came to Barracks, and complained of Ihaka nailing up some rails at a gateway in the road leading to Captain Campbell's. On enquiey, Ihaka said the rails were frequently removed, and admitted his neighbour's cattle, who advised him to nail the rails. Mr. Lakeman promised to put up a gate to prevent any further annoyance.
A tea party given at the Wesleyan Grey Institution.
Medland on duty at the Police Office.
Heale and Hakopa in town. The night watches commenced at 7 p.m. and terminated at 2 a.m.
General muster and drill. Medland on duty at the Police Office.
Overland Mail from Wellington.
Sunday Parade. The Police in town, on duty from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Medland on duty at the Police Office.
Messrs, Watt, Dorsec, Davy, Ibbotson, Murch and Skinner complained to the Resident Magistrate, of the weakness of the Police at a time when upwards of 50 discharged soldiers and strangers were here. If he would require the gaoler to take one night watch, they themselves would provide a private watchman, until they could communicate their complaints to the Government.
Captain King told me that Newland, until further orders, would take duty in town from 8 to 10 p.m. and to inform Mr. Leech that Cook is to keep watch alternate nights when not engaged in the Government boats.
8 p.m. Medland on duty in town till 12 p.m. assisted by Newland till 10 p.m. when Hakopa relieved him, and remained till 12 p.m. Heale and George Gutch, a Special Constable, then came on duty, and remained till daylight.
Mr. Baker and Te Tahana not agreeing as to the number of acres cleared by the latter and his people, came to Barracks, when a reference to a surveyor was recommended, and the difference amicably arranged.
The night watches kept up, with the additional assistance, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Court Day. Captain King unwell. Cases adjourned.
Mr. Richardson complained of Wiremu te Ahoaho's pigs trespassing on his estate. On enquiry, the complaint appeared trivial, the natives having secured the sow to prevent her young wandering.
The same watch kept up.
Police on duty in town, morning and afternoon.
Waitara, a Chief of Mokau, called to say he was going to Wellington.
Overland Mail from Auckland.
The same night watch.
General muster. Absent - Newsham (lame), Rawiri, Hori Ropiha.
Captain King unwell.
The Attorney General, Captain Travers, the Rev Mr. Taylor, and Mr. G. Pitt arrived overland from Wellington.
The following list will shew the disposal of the Police at the present time:-
Town and general duty.
Stationed at Omata.
Absent with Inspector.
Coxwain in Government boat.
The three natives recently taken on in place of Johnson, discharged, occasionally come to Barracks.
The following is the present arrangement of the twon duty here by night.
At 8 p.m. one of the Police, assisted by Medland till 10 p.m. when another mane takes his place,
and remains with the first till 12 p.m. thereby keeping two men on during those hours. Another policeman, with the Special Constable, relieve the first watch, and remain till daylight.
In conclusion, I beg to say everything here is quiet.
I have the honour to be
Your most obedient, humble servant
D. McLean Esq. J.P.
Inspector of Police.