Object #1024430 from MS-Papers-0032-0013

4 pages written 14 Jan 1861 by Sir Donald McLean in Auckland Region

From: Secretary, Native Department - War in Taranaki and Waikato and King Movement, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0013 (26 digitised items). Includes lists of Maori killed at Mahoetahi 6 November 1860 and includes letters signed by Maori such as Tawhiao but penned in McLean's hand or by other government officials.

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English (ATL)

Auckland,

January 14 - 1861


My dear
General,

The reinforcements now in sight will soon be on their way to join you at Taranaki.

I find that the Native officers are still quarrelling which I much regret. If it meets your approval, Mr. Hay will be

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requested to return to his District, and another officer sent to replace him. I find that the sending of war vessels to the White Cliffs, which was advised by Mr. Hay is likely to afford tribes about here and elsewhere a pretext for attacking out-settlers. Some communications have been received

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from the Natives on the subject, which I have not time, as the mail will shortly leave, to enclose. I merely mention this to show how very insecure our New Zealand settlements are, and how much they may be affected by what may appear a very trifling circumstance.

I have no news to send by this Mail.

English (ATL)

Auckland,

January 14 - 1861


My dear
General,

The reinforcements now in sight will soon be on their way to join you at Taranaki.

I find that the Native officers are still quarrelling which I much regret. If it meets your approval, Mr. Hay will be requested to return to his District, and another officer sent to replace him. I find that the sending of war vessels to the White Cliffs, which was advised by Mr. Hay is likely to afford tribes about here and elsewhere a pretext for attacking out-settlers. Some communications have been received from the Natives on the subject, which I have not time, as the mail will shortly leave, to enclose. I merely mention this to show how very insecure our New Zealand settlements are, and how much they may be affected by what may appear a very trifling circumstance.

I have no news to send by this Mail. Hoping you are well,


I remain, My dear General, yours faithfully
Donald McLean

Part of:
Secretary, Native Department - War in Taranaki and Waikato and King Movement, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0013 (26 digitised items)
Series 7 Official papers, Reference Number Series 7 Official papers (3737 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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