Object #1026438 from MS-Papers-0032-0510

2 pages written 12 Jan 1875 by Thomas William Porter in Gisborne to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - T W Porter, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0510 (96 digitised items). 96 letters written from Gisborne and Wairoa, 1870-1876 & undated. Includes letters in Maori to Poata from R Kawhia of Tuparoa, 1876; letter to Kapene Poata from Hotene Porourangi of Waiapu, 1876.

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English (ATL)


Jany 12th. 1875.

Sir D. McLean, Dear Sir,

I have just received letters reporting the death of Iharaira Houkamau on Sunday 3rd. inst. His death was sudden and is attributed to witchcraft. I am afraid his loss will be felt much by the whole tribe as he has to the last retained the mana rangatira Maori over his people.

It was a very remarkable thing that at the hoisting of the Flag it would not unfurl and many of the natives said it was a Tohu mate a similar affair at Mataahu meeting and soon after a man was shot at Waiapu. These are considered more than co-incidents by the Natives.

I am, Sir, Yours most faithfully,
T.W. Porter,

Part of:
Inward letters - T W Porter, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0510 (96 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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