Object #1024104 from MS-Papers-0032-0312

4 pages written 18 Aug 1851 by Henry Halse in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean

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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New Plymouth,
August 18th. 1851.


Dear Sir,

The case of pork stealing mentioned in a former report almost surprised me as much as it did Mr. Humphries owing to the tub being within a few feet of an imported dog of high reputation for sagacity, and vigilance and only doubted after the second robbery. Hakopa was placed on the premises and withdrawn secretly which leads me to imagine that the thief's second visit on that particular night was accidental, but under any circumstances he must be a clever fellow.

Honi Ropiha managed the case of pig killing capitally - in this as well as other cases the advantage of securing the services of well disposed and influential chief is great and

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I am glad to hear more are to be appointed in this district.

The case of assault was of a gross nature and I was sorry to see quiet little Tiki accept 23/- in satisfaction of his injuries - however, the bull-headed offender has to pay 5/- expense and received a severe reprimand from the R.M. which it is to be hoped he will remember.

We have buried one of our pilgrim mothers and will soon have to do likewise with the surviving partner. Others again will follow and in a short time be forgotten.

Nothing new in your way here. Hone says E. Parris' consent is absolutely necessary before you can acquire the land immediately north of Waiwakaiho. The old man's son is still here and pakeke to a degree on that subject.

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Is it true that land purchases are checked.

I can scarcely believe so illjudged a mandate could eminate from Earl Grey, whose aim appears to have been to push this colony. It appears to me that Govt. must just buy and then sell land to swell out the general revenue but if we are to wait until the Colony can afford the funds, we may wait till domesday and the afternoon after that.

I am looking out for you daily and have secured first rate quarters for two at Alexander King's new house he is a jolly warm hearted fellow and will suit you exactly if you wish to go there.

No news from the North.


Yours faithfully.
H. Halse.
D. McLean Esq.

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New Plymouth,
August 18th. 1851.


Dear Sir,

The case of pork stealing mentioned in a former report almost surprised me as much as it did Mr. Humphries owing to the tub being within a few feet of an imported dog of high reputation for sagacity, and vigilance and only doubted after the second robbery. Hakopa was placed on the premises and withdrawn secretly which leads me to imagine that the thief's second visit on that particular night was accidental, but under any circumstances he must be a clever fellow.

Honi Ropiha managed the case of pig killing capitally - in this as well as other cases the advantage of securing the services of well disposed and influential chief is great and I am glad to hear more are to be appointed in this district.

The case of assault was of a gross nature and I was sorry to see quiet little Tiki accept 23/- in satisfaction of his injuries - however, the bull-headed offender has to pay 5/- expense and received a severe reprimand from the R.M. which it is to be hoped he will remember.

We have buried one of our pilgrim mothers and will soon have to do likewise with the surviving partner. Others again will follow and in a short time be forgotten.

Nothing new in your way here. Hone says E. Parris' consent is absolutely necessary before you can acquire the land immediately north of Waiwakaiho. The old man's son is still here and pakeke to a degree on that subject.

Is it true that land purchases are checked.

I can scarcely believe so illjudged a mandate could eminate from Earl Grey, whose aim appears to have been to push this colony. It appears to me that Govt. must just buy and then sell land to swell out the general revenue but if we are to wait until the Colony can afford the funds, we may wait till domesday and the afternoon after that.

I am looking out for you daily and have secured first rate quarters for two at Alexander King's new house he is a jolly warm hearted fellow and will suit you exactly if you wish to go there.

No news from the North.


Yours faithfully.
H. Halse.
D. McLean Esq.

Part of:
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)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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