Decr. 5th 1864
I am sorry to say that there has not been much real progress made excepting that the survey is going on, When I last wrote I stated that the Turanga Natives were coming on the 12th of this month to prevent the sale of any more land and if possible to upset the late purchase, since writing that letter Ihaka Ngarangiowe from Whareongaonga has been here for two days with the Ngaitus they came without giving any notice knowing that Ihaka Waang's people - Matenga, and Tamiha, were at Nuhaka their purpose was to offer the Kopuawhara that is the piece of land at west end of the Mahia peninsula ( the land I before mentioned) Taut only that portion on which Ihaka Waanga's cultivations are on and to reserve the rest for themselves and the King or Runanganu - in fact to sell Ihaka and after consulting Ihaka on the matter he said that if they would sell their right to Wangawehi he would consent to the sale of Kopuawhara that is if they would sell both sides up the stream, and then, that all parties should have reserves marked out for them but they would not
agree, this was made known without him standing up to speak. When he found that their only object was to drive him out he treated them very coldly not taking the least notice of them, since the meeting Ihaaka, Waka, Tamihana, Hirini and Paioneone have offered me the land up to the Black reef which I am going to look at tomorrow - The only one who objects is Capt. Snipe who has a small claim which can be marked off - The main part which I was instructed to buy that is Wangawehi can not be done any thing with till after the 12th of this month when the Turanga Natives will be here, And I hope if possible you also, I think it would be of great benefit, Ihaka says that he would like to see you and also you to see him stand to his colours 'true blue'. He does not wish me to leave till after the meeting if you are not up he intends going to Napier at Christmas to buy some ploughs etc. Mrs. Fitzgerald has just arrived to lay off a Township, The Nuhaka natives are anxious for me to go there to survey the land they sold you, but as Ihaka wishes me to stop till the meeting is over, and besides as the survey will not be more than completed I intend to stop unless you direct otherwise.
I remain, Dear Sir
Your obt. Servt.
To His Honor
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