Object #1024155 from MS-Papers-0032-0445

3 pages written 12 Jun 1873 by Frederick Edward Maning in Hokianga to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - F E Maning, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0445 (56 digitised items). 56 letters written from Auckland and Hokianga, 1871-1876, & undated. Includes undated letter from Maning to von Sturmer; undated draft letter from McLean to Maning; letter (in Maori) to Maning from Hare Wirikake, Te Waimate, 1871; paper entitled `The Native question'.

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English (ATL)

June 12th. 1873.

My Dear McLean,

Since I wrote last, I have been visited by "Young New Zealand" in considerable numbers, and have also seen the most considerative old Chiefs in these parts, Moses included. They all, old and young, are willing to take a fly at Waikato if need be; but all think, as I have told you I do, that it would not be politic for them to "whakatikei" until the Southern friendlies have been committed beyond "remedy" against the Waikatos. If the Ngapuhi went first, it is thought very generally that the Southern East Coast natives might take part with the King, on account of the long bill they have against the Ngapuhi; and there are other reasons. During my absence, the subject of the conduct of the Waikatos has, I find, been fully discussed by both Rawara and Ngapuhi; and all have agreed that it is right and necessary to stand by the Government, if the matter comes to large dimensions. The only Chief who grumbled was Rangatiri Moetara; and all he got by it was that his eldest son and the whole tribe mutinied, and told him he might stop by himself; for they would all follow me if I chose the moment said the word. It appears that during my absence the great majority of the natives, especially those of this side have quietly paid me the compliment to take it for granted that I am to be their leader; which is certainly very kind of them; and I feel highly honoured; but it takes two parties to a bargain. However I don't think I could well stay behind. They say they won't be commanded by any pakeha soldiers, or any pakeha at all, if they do go to war; by which it would appear that I am not counted a pakeha. It's mighty fine; but anyway I hope sincerely you will pull through without a general uproar. But if it does come to a grand crash, and you have to put out your whole strength, the Ngapuhi and Rarawa, I believe, can be depended on.

I am writing up my arrears of book-keeping, and have no time yet for anything else; but hope in a few days to have a little time to make some notes on Martin & Dr. Shortland's memoranda on Native Lands Legislature; also on this new Bill, which I will do seriously and to the best of my ability, but will have little time. I have more than a hundred claims to hear as soon as possible, and half already advertised; and a great many will be opposed and eligantly complicated. I wish Judge Martin, Dr. Shortland, and Judge Richmond had to hear them. They are very wise, but would be gravelled.

Yours very truly, (Signed)
F.E. Maning.

Part of:
Inward letters - F E Maning, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0445 (56 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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