Object #1023727 from MS-Papers-0032-0312
From: Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0312 (49 digitised items). 43 letters written from New Plymouth and Huatoki. Includes copies of letters from Wiremu Kingi, Witi, and Aperahama, Te Kani, 1851
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27 October 1851.
Since I last wrote to you it has beenrumoured that Mr. Ngatiruan kuares insisted that we were about to put up a kara tango whenua and threatened to come up and cut it down - for several days I ridiculed the Natives who came with long faces to inquire whether their lands were really to be taken from them; but when I found the subject assuming some importance I pointed out the absurdity of the raruraru and was glad to hear several letters were despatched to the south of the same tenoras Taumata's which appears to me well expressed and beyond what I had expected from him.
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However the staff is up yet, and I venture to say will not touched.
Tom Barry or Berry was probably the unfortunate man gored at Witikau and I hear taken to Whanganui where he died a few days after - Corbett told me Major Durie had written to the Natives to shoot the bull otherwise they would be subject to a fine - they laughed at him - Corbett further tells me that same Natives own some stallions - the dread of passing horsemen - he himself was attacked and kicked by one of them fortunately in close quarters otherwise he might have been injured - a letter from you would perhaps be attended to. John Medland is to be discharged tomorrow and Dunn taken on as appears in Abstracts forwarded for your signature and the names of
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the men you intend to appoint.
Captain King has desired me to bring Tom Newsham under your notice who he considers should be discharged owing to the very little duty performed by him since he was stationed at Omata.
The Lucy James arrived yesterday from Wellington last Friday I see by the Spectator of 15th. inst. that you are appointed a Commissioner under the "Land Claims Ordinance" - I fear the next will be your removal from New Plymouth.
Tahana told me last Satruday that the Huia and Whai-tere were dissatisfied with the offer of £30 and required same amount given to Absentee Claimants namely £120! otherwise the land would be withheld. Rawiri Waiana wished me to keep it to myself but true or false my practise is to keep
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you informed on all matters that come under my notice. I am aware that a letter written today touching the Land Question here may be and frequently is contradicted the next but if I were to wait conclusive information my letters would be like angels visit few and far between. Iharaira heard during his absence at the South that his people were talking of selling land, so he wrote up telling them they could do so if they wished but said he "where with you have runs for your increasing herds" - a vastly clever question that acted like magic and caused them to abandon for a time at least, the idea of selling - hence the failure at Meeting on 29th. Sep. at the Police Office.
The Tataraimaka Block is to be given out forthwith and I may select there in order to make some provision for my boy in good time - hoping you are well believe me,
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I will see Erangi about his Reserve and let you know his views at an early oppy.
The sooner you can conveniently send me a list of Assessors with their salaries the better because we are not in a position at present to dispense with their services. The Names of Natives are omitted designedly by Captain King's order and they know it - he says they will be paid in future at the rate of £50 a year and they are satisfied.
The passenger by "Simlah" are a desirable addition in every way but it is said some contemplate leaving owing to the difficulty of getting land - the only complaint new arrivals have to make and old settlers deplore - sometimes, in a despairing mood,
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I think of packing off to a more favoured locality and then recurs the wish to see Europeans in peaceable possession of the beautiful wastes within gun shot of Huatoki and the original owners in their proper places - but for all that should you be stationed away from Wellington and an opening offer I would prefer joining you if my little wife could be induced to leave N. Plymouth.
Not the slightest clue has been hitherto obtained as to who shot Hone Ropiha's horse - it was returned well, the week before last and the Lieutenant Governor at Auckland has approved of all that was done by our Resident Magistrate in the matter. I
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forward by this day's post W.B.A. Note no. 4612 - for Five pounds to Messrs. Bethune â?¦ Hunter Wellington.
I never could succeed in getting a penny from William Stewart nor even a receipt from the parties to whom alleges money was owing - the poor simpleton has fallen into an abyss of insolent vanity fed by the liquor which caused his misfortune and which promises his final ruin.
W. Black who I frequently see has not touched in money matters - it is said he intends to resume baking in the old quarters an occupation that will be found more profitable than faming unless present high prices take a stand owing to the gold discoveries within a week's sail
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of this island. I really have nothing to write about and should not have soiled this pure sheet but for the habit fallen into of saying or scribbling something - when you return to Welgn and see Mantell pray congratulate him on his recent appt. I am so desperately afraid to write that it requires an effort to convey a message through you to him - by the way you may not be acquainted with him a circumstance that quite escaped me.
Captain King has been poorly now for some time and I should not be surprised if he should never come to Town again he continues exceedingly kind to me on all occasions and I should for his sake like to see him retire on his accumulated wealth and live to a good old age the pilgrim father and founder of the beautiful district of New Plymouth.
Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0312 (49 digitised items)
Series 1 Inward letters (English), Reference Number Series 1 Inward letters (English) (14501 digitised items)
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