Object #1026923 from MS-Papers-0032-0600

4 pages written 22 Jul 1851 by Rev Richard Taylor in Wanganui to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Rev Richard Taylor, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0600 (96 digitised items). 94 letters written from Waitotara, Wanganui, Wellington and Auckland, 1845-1873 & undated. Also piece-level inventory for lettersd date 1845-1861 (excluding letters accessioned in 1969)

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July 22, 1851.

My Dear Mr. Maclean,

We have just had Iwikau here and he has left this morning for Rangitikei. I send you a line to let you know the object of his visit as I think some step shd. be taken he has come about a curse which he says the Ngatiapa uttered against him 'Kua pirau tona roro' I summoned a meeting here last week which was attended by the Ngatiapa and it appeared to me that it was all fudge and originated with an expression which was used in reference to George King and the Ngatiraukaua that he was an old woman and had no brains left, which some person at Rangitikei repeated before a stranger from Wakatumutumu who carried it to Pukawa and applied it to Iwikau, who wrote down to Ngatiapa and told them they must pay for it either with pounamu garments money horses or war, and although he appeared to be satisfied whilst the Rangitikei were here they had no sooner left than he declared their land was his payment all beyond, the river and the inland boundary as well and that at Xmas he shall come and a taua from Waikato to take possession, and that he shall reside on the south bank himself. I think it is very evident his true object is to hinder the Govt. from making any further purchases in that direction and therefore that some notice shd. be taken of it, as it will be calculated to alarm settlers on this recently purchased block this is all I have to say my friend Makarini,

Yrs. very sincerely,
Richard Taylor.

Part of:
Inward letters - Rev Richard Taylor, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0600 (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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