Object #1023498 from MS-Papers-0032-0561

2 pages written 21 Jun 1847 by Cort Henry Schnackenberg in Mokau to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - C H Schnackenberg, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0561 (73 digitised items). 69 letters written from Mokau, Kawhia, Aotea, Raglan and Wellington, 1845-1876 & undated. Includes piece-level inventory (letters accessioned in 1969 not added). Includes letters in Maori from: Hihaka to McLean, Mokau, 1857; Taherei Waitare to Rangihaeata, 1851; Waitara to McLean, Jul 1846.

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June 21/47.

Dear Sir,

Yours of the 20th ult. came duly to hand. I thank you for the news it contains and shall be obliged if you will favour me with further information about affairs at Wanganui, as there are many contradicting reports afloat in this neighbourhood.

You say "the Rev. W. Bolland is recovering from a severe attack of illness", but immediately afterwards I was told that he had died of poison. Two europeans returning from Town confim this report, so that I fear it is too true, at least that he is no more in this world. If so, how soon has he been called to give an account of his labours; And what a solem call to us all to "prepare to meet our God". Who officiates in his Church?

Some time ago I wrote you a note for the natives about 3 or 4 mills. Since then I have heard that you had one for our old friend Kuri, who it appears has transferred it to waitara and the Kaka. Of course I know nothing about this but the natives statement of the matter. W. has just gone with pigs and the Kaka follows tomorrow for the purpose of purchasing two mills. W. is also in expectation of meeting with His Excellency W. Donnelly Esq. of Auckland wrote to enquire about the unfortunate purchase of the Hydrus, to whom I gave all the information I was able, and I held out some hope to W. that the Lugger would either be given up or payment made for the 120 pigs allready gone, but I have not heard again - Te Kaka has just been for a pukapuka. He appears to be ashamed of having muru'd a Ngatiruanui last sumer twelve months. I informed you then, and now beg to repeat, that he never interferred with europeans. "Me haere noa atu nga pakeha" said he to me, and Mr. Tod actually did go over the Holy Land the following day.

The other day William Court had a quarrel with the Waipuna natives, but I defer particulars as I trust it will be made right again. Probably I may see you before long. Taunui has been here. A report arrived that the Rev.Mr.Taylor with his fellow travellers had been murdered by the Taupo's, which seemed to make him uneasy, and was glad that I had not received a pukapuka to that effect, saying I will return inland and if he should come there, send him down the river. Hope he is save at home.

Mrs. S. desires her respects and

I remain, Yours very truly,
C. H. Schnackenberg.
D. McLean Esq. J. P.

Part of:
Inward letters - C H Schnackenberg, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0561 (73 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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