Object #1026700 from MS-Papers-0032-0327

2 pages written 4 Jun 1866 by John Williams Harris to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - John Williams Harris, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0327 (70 digitised items). 66 letters written from Hawke's Bay & Poverty Bay, 1851-1870. Includes undated note in Maori signed Matiu

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Private and Confidential Tapararei
4 June 1866

D. McLean Esq.
My dear Sir,

I have heard the contents of the native letters and really it is quite time Morgans gallop was in some measure staid. If we are to be fleeced by Ngati Porou to any extent they choose we had better be advised in time to get away any few stock we have left. Do not suppose I or rather we are grumbling without cause. It matters not whether a Horse or beast is branded or not, off it goes, no mans, Natives or Pakehas is safe for a moment. I am sorry to be for ever complaining. If you recollect I spoke to you on the matter when you were last at Turanga Nui. I will write you more fully in a day or two.

I was sorry I could not attend the dinner. Believe me it was no disrespect to you on my part. I therefore hope you will accept my appology.

By the bye if the Natives here are to be skinned of the little food they have left, how are they to subsist till the next potato crop is ready which will not be till the end of November?

Believe me to be
Ever sincerely,
J. W. Harris.

Part of:
Inward letters - John Williams Harris, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0327 (70 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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