Object #1024017 from MS-Papers-0032-0646

3 pages written 3 Nov 1866 by John Cracroft Wilson in Rangitikei District to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Surnames, Wilson, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0646 (38 digitised items). Correspondents:John Alexander Wilson, Auckland, Sydney, Richmond, Opotiki, Whakatane, Gisborne, etc, 1861-1875 & undated (24 letters). A number of these letters are addressed to Dr Pollen. One letter is written to J A Wilson by Frederick Jones, Whakatane, Jul 1870.John Cracroft Wilson, Canterbury, 1861-1873 (14 letters)

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Tutu Totara formerly Te Hou Hou. The boundary towards the North of the Upper Rangitikei Block
November 3rd 1866.


My dear McLean

I ought to have written to you long ago, to thank you for the copy of the Napier News Paper, detailing the plans and the process by which you have carried into practice, those views with regard to the Maori Race which we have so often in conversation with one another declared to be the only way to deal with the Hou Hou Rebels. I trust and I believe that you have done more to destroy the false and absurd sentimentality which has for the last six years been bringing ruin upon the native Race, by leading the Aborigines to believe that an Englishman is afraid of them; whereas in truth it is the law, the power of the supreme Court, of which our Countrymen are afraid, and not of the powers of the Maori. Shut up the Supreme Court. Give Mr. Justice Johnson two years leave of absence. Let me have 300 follower of my own people, and I will willinglly undertake to govern an Area of 400 square miles, provided always (as the Acts of Parliament have it) that the fee simple of the said 400 square miles was vested in me.

Enclosed is a paper of queries which I send you at the request of Mrs. Bracey the widow of William Bracey the Solicitor whom you may remember in Auckland. Will you kindly allow me some of your subordinate to inquire into the matter, and let me know the result; or rather enclose it to the address of Mrs. Bracey care of Major Marshall Tutu Totara, Tuta & Nui-Rangitikei.

You never sent me (I suppose in the press of business you have not had time) the paper containing the result of your conversation with Governor Hunia and Co. I have visited the tomb of October (better known to you as Te Moriati on the village of Hou Hou and, and I almost imagine myself Chief of my Clan on the Banks of this beautiful River. But it is a sad thing for me that Tabui Potaka has gone off to Napier to fight on your side. I wish you would send him back to the "Pourewa" (see how knowing I have become in native names, don't laugh) for his absence at this moment is a great drawback. I think after I have declared what I wish to be the N. West Boundary of my Block, I shall go and settle with Abraham of Turakina. Tabui Potaka ought to be present and I wish he would come back, for he might from sheer perverseness object to arrangements made in his absence.


Very sincerely yrs.
J. Cracroft Wilson

Send Tabui back.

Part of:
Inward letters - Surnames, Wilson, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0646 (38 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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