Object #1026856 from MS-Papers-0032-0399
3 pages written 28 Jun 1871 by Colonel William Charles Lyon in Hamilton City to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - W C Lyon, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0399 (28 digitised items).
28 letters written from Wellington, Wanganui, Hamilton & Patea, 1866-1876. Includes letter from Patrick Leslie to Lyon, and drafts from McLean
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
June 28, 1871
My dear Mr. McLean,
I forward for your information a report of Edwards (Interpreter) of speeches made at a Native meeting near Tapapa - It appears that the King is desirous of detaching the friendlies from their allegiance - Rice is somewhat lukewarm, but Hargraves is staunch - The Weri, mail to Taupo, and leasing lands beyond the confiscated Boundary appears to be the principal topics of discussion - I understand Friendly Natives are themselves desirous of seeing an Auhati established, and I am of the same opinion still - They find it is very heavy on the pockets, having to feed and clothe their Hau Hau friends and relatives so that it may be attributed in a certain measure to mercenary motives. I am going to put up a new redoubt at Alexandra (now that the Church is removed very nearly on the same site, and propose with your sanction, pulling down the Hospital and erecting it inside the redoubt - please let me know if I can do so - The road from Ngaruawahia to Whatu Whatu, is being carried on - Commencing at the
former place - also making the new road between Ohaupo and Alexandra, where it turns off Mr.Scott's land - I have had to discharge a good many men since I received your authority to do so -
William C. Lyon
Inward letters - W C Lyon, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0399 (28 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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