Object #1026806 from MS-Papers-0032-0327
2 pages written 12 Jun 1866 by John Williams Harris
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
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
12th. June 1866.
My dear Sir,
I received yours from Wairoa. Have Just heard the "Sturt" is in, and that she sails again almost directly. You must therefore excuse this, as I am in haste.
We are all quiet here. Natives anxiously waiting decision about their land, so that they may know where to plant, and what to do. Is there any reason why the Friendlies should not resume their old cultivations? under the express condition that they are to use them on suffrance only, till such time as the Confiscated Lands are selected? I have been applied to, and of course have to let them know. I could give no advice on the matter.
Do you think it advisable to entirely abandon the post above Dunlop's? Might it not encourage a raid by way of Te Reinga?
Our petition has been signed by all the settlers, save four; to wit, -
William J. Greer
Wyllie is now going round with the duplicate and triplicate copies. Native Petition not yet returned from the Coast.
A Mr. Rice now here, is doing all he can to induce people to hold back; talks very large about dirt, and so forth. He will not make many proselytes; though he talks about having instructions from the General Government, (Auckland Province), and £5,000 to lay out in purchase of land, etc.,
Morgan and party leave for East Cape some time this week. I spoke to him about the way in which his people were acting. He said he had written to them about it.
Yours very faithfully
P.S. Have just heard the "Sturt" is going North, but there is a schooner in the river that leaves for Napier this evening.
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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