Object #1025858 from MS-Papers-0032-0315

4 pages written 12 Jan 1857 by Henry Halse in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0315 (45 digitised items). 45 letters written from New Plymouth. Includes copy of a letter from Te Waka, 1857

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Private New Plymouth
Jan. 12, 1857.

My dear Sir,

Hori Kingi and other Whanganui natives with the Revd. Mr. Taylor arrived here on the 8th. instant, the object being to effect peace between Nikorima and Katatore.

Mr. Imlay has written to Mr. Richard Brown complaining of the Patea natives on his way to Whanganui. His horse was seized in payment for one week's keep of 8 horses belonging to Mr. Brown which were being driven to Whanganui some considerable time since but which could not at the time be induced to take the river. For this unavoidable detention the natives demanded £20 failing which they threatened to plunder the first European passing with stock, through the timely aid of Mr. Taylor, the horse was restored to Mr. Imlay on paying £5 ino nga tarutaru.

Previously to this, the same natives took Mr. J.B. White's horse, which they still retain, alleging that he stole and sold a beast of theirs. Mr. Imlay says the charge against Mr. White is false and simply got up for extortion - if such be the case, it will not be safe for Europeans to travel that line of coast. It appears that the canoe has been removed some miles up the Patea river apparently for the purpose of having travellers more in their power. I wrote by return of post to the chief Tamati, of Patea, on Mr. Imlay's and Mr. White's case.

The approaching election is the absorbing topic of discussion - the lowest tricks are resorted to without scruple by the party of which Tare Paraone is the head - nothing is too bad, nothing is too low. His Honor can spend hours in the tap room until 1 in the morning, getting promises of support with the aid of drunken bullies from men overcome with drink. This is the working of the elective principle in the appointment of Superintendent, the scenes under local self government should be witnessed to be believed by our political sponsors at home who imagine we are blessed and grateful beyond measure.

It is impossible to say how the election will go, depending on a constituency, the majority of whom are so open to the dram, but I have hopes that the "malignant spirit" will be defeated.

I am told that Nikorima rejects Hori Kingi's mission of peace, unless the land is first ceded to him by Katatore in satisfaction for his tupapaku's.

Hoping you are well and again thanking you for past kindnesses.

Believe me Faithfully yours
H. Halse.
To:- McLean Esq.

Please remember me to Rogan.

Part of:
Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0315 (45 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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