Object #1026165 from MS-Papers-0032-0010

2 pages written by Sir Donald McLean to Charles Marshall

From: Secretary, Native Department - Administration of native affairs, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0010 (29 digitised items). Includes papers relating to the activites of Ngati Toa and its allies along the Kapiti Coast at Wainui, Whareroa, Te Uruhi, Waikanae, Otaki, Ohau, and Porouatawhao ca 1860. This was a period when the colonial settlers at Wellington thought themselves to be under imminent attack by Ngati Toa and others. Wi Tako Ngatata's activities were under suspicion as well (ie Wi Tako left the Hutt Valley with a mounted escort of sixty seven well-armed men from Waikanae and Whareroa).

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English (ATL)

pencil note: possibly to C. Marshall
My dear Sir,

There is a committee of the H.of R. sitting at present to obtain evidence about a scheme of Mr. Fentons which was being tried on the Waikato.

I found that his proceedings were not calculated to promote peace in the Waikato and I suggested his removal

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English (ATL)

You must know more of the Waikatos than most people, and you will be able to state whether causing division such as dividing the people into King and Queen parties was at all judicious.

I am very anxious you should come in to give evidence on the subject all your expences will be paid and I shall be glad to see you when you come to town.

English (ATL)

pencil note: possibly to C. Marshall
My dear Sir,

There is a committee of the H.of R. sitting at present to obtain evidence about a scheme of Mr. Fentons which was being tried on the Waikato.

I found that his proceedings were not calculated to promote peace in the Waikato and I suggested his removal You must know more of the Waikatos than most people, and you will be able to state whether causing division such as dividing the people into King and Queen parties was at all judicious.

I am very anxious you should come in to give evidence on the subject all your expences will be paid and I shall be glad to see you when you come to town.

Part of:
Secretary, Native Department - Administration of native affairs, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0010 (29 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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