Object #1025685 from MS-Papers-0032-0634

3 pages written 27 Feb 1861 by John Whiteley in Taranaki Region to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Rev John Whiteley, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0634 (64 digitised items). 57 letters written from Taranaki, Kawhia and Auckland, 1844-1861. Includes McLean to Whitely, 7 Feb 1846 & 6 Mar 1854; 2 letters to Whitely from Colonial Secretary's Office, 1847 & 1853. Piece-level inventory of letters accessioned pre-1969.

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Private Taranaki

27 Feby. 61.

Dear Friend,

I am very much concerned about the state of bad feeling long existing between the friendly natives as Waitara and Commissioner Hay there. Mr. Wilson could tell you a great deal about it. I don't know the man myself but from all I hear he is not a proper person for such a position and you ought to lose no time in removing him. He is under no control or authority and the appeals of the natives to the Head of the Native Department here seem to be of no avail whatever for it appears that Mr. Parris has no jurisdiction over him or if he has he regards him not and says to the natives ''Who is Parris that I should regard him?'' If through his wickedness and inconsistency we lose such men as Teira, Hemi, Ihaia etc. and force them away from us to join the rebels we shall do them a great injustice, ourselves a great wrong and give a great triumph to our enemies.

Pardon haste. I have no time left - let me have a line in reply - private.

Yours truly,
J. Whiteley.

Return of Officers and Men who have joined since 28th. February, 1860.

Auckland, 28th. February, 1861.
Corps & Departments Officers Sergeants Drummers Rank & File General Staff - - - - Commissariats Department 1 1 - - Medical " 6 - - - Military Store " 2 - - - Royal Artillery - - - - Royal Engineers 1 3 1 36 12th. Foot - - - - 2nd. Bat. 14th. Foot 36 56 21 1014 40th. Foot 1 - - - 57th. " 23 30 19 686 58th. " - - - 2 65th. " 1 2 - 164 Corps of Armorers - 1 School of Musketry - 1 - - Army Hospital Corps - 1 - - Army School Masters - 2 - 4 Total 71 97 41 1906
This only applies to Auckland. All information in connection with the colony could be had from the Governor's office. J/ Glanert. (?)


240 artillery with Armstrong are expected daily also two fegiments from India and perhaps a part of the force from China - but if peace is made here very few troops will be required for New Zealand and if the natives would join with the white soldiers in defending the Islands from foreign forces and have Maori soldiers serving for pay like the white soldiers and Maori ministers.

J.E.A. Gol. Memo, of Soldiers. Sir Alexander.

Part of:
Inward letters - Rev John Whiteley, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0634 (64 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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