Object #1024700 from MS-Papers-0032-0314
3 pages written 13 Oct 1856 by Henry Halse in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0314 (32 digitised items).
33 letters written from New Plymouth. Includes copy of letter in Maori from Hakopa [?], Taumata Pa, 1856
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
October 13 1856.
My dear Sir,
By the "Gipsy" I forward the enclosed letters which were intended for the Steamer but the very rough weather prevailing here renders communication with her uncertain.
The missing lead has not yet been discovered nevertheless I expect the weight to be made up if even by bullets. Hone Ropiha acted well in this matter and deserves every praise, should you be writing to him shortly it would be as well to allude to the circumstance. He is agitating a general peace with greater spirit than before owing to his knowledge that Ngatiruanui approves of his proceedings but much uncertainty exists respecting the sequel.
Katatore is blamed for not having accepted the proposals of peace when the dispute was almost entirely confined to themselves. Nikorima having lost men has not taken the pakanga out of Arama Karaka's hands and so the matter stands. I amhowever glad to say that from my personal observations matters are assuming a more satisfactory appearance than was expected. That ominous ekore e mutu leads me to suspect that a brush may take place when the planting season is over which now occupies their whole time and attention.
To:- McLean Esq.
I leave Wharepu this day and take possession of a room in R. Brown's house on the beach now in possession of the Govt., at the request of our Superintendent. He takes possession of my brother's office who in his turn takes mine, and so much for that.
The Supt. again informed me that the 2 Native Police will be handed over to me at the end of this month but I have not yet received official information of his intention.
Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0314 (32 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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