Object #1027142 from MS-Papers-0032-0507

3 pages written 6 Jul 1869 by Dr Daniel Pollen in Auckland Region to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Daniel Pollen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0507 (52 digitised items). 51 letters written from Auckland, 1857-1870, and undated. Includes copy of letter from W N Searanke to Dr Pollen & Lt Col W Moule to Searanke, 30 Jul 1869; John W Thorp to Major Cooper, Ohinemuri, Aug 1869; other letters to Dr Pollen, Aug 1869. Also piece-level inventory (excludes letters accessioned in 1969)

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COPY. Auckland.

July 6th. 1869.

My dear McLean,

I have your telegram about the Native Agreements at the Thames, and will send them to-morrow, by the ''Wellington.''. I am having a copy made for record here; and as the ''Wellington'' will be with you as soon as the ''Phoebe'', there will be no loss of time.

I have been enquiring very anxiously into the cause of the panic, which I found here on my arrival. Wilson, who was in charge here, was frightened by Clarke, at Tauranga; and as his reports have shown you, distrusted the serenity of Waikato.

Edward Clarke, who was out with the party, surprised at Opepe, tells me that in his opinion, Te Kooti is dead; that the leader of the party which went from the Uriwera side to Taupo, is a man named Cranmer Karanamu; and his next in command is a Priest named Hokepa. He (Clarke) has a personal description of Te Kooti, Karanamu, and Hohepa, - obtained from natives who knew the lot, and is convinced of the truth of what he states. I have heard, long since, of the desire of the King's people, to get Te Kooti to Tokangamutu. It is scarcely credible that they would bring him there with a view to letting him overthrow their own authority; which, in my mind, would be the instant result of any movement by him against the Waikato settlements.

If I can get to the river in time for the steamer that leaves Mercer to-morrow, I will go up myself. I want, also, to get to Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty; but there is no means of steam conveyance there at this moment, without making a special charter for the purpose. I wish you would send back the ''Sturt'' here as soon as possible.

Mackay's term of office as Civil Commissioner expired on the 30th. June. There are large arrears of work still in his office; and as he is willing, - desirous indeed, to wind them up, I have agreed that he shall do so, and continue to hold office for that purpose for a short time, - two or three weeks, perhaps. I do not know what your intentions are about his successor; but if I might offer a suggestion, I think it hardly necessary to appoint a Commissioner in his stead. The work of his Department, can, I think, be very well performed by the Government Agent, or the Resident Minister, - whichever may be in charge here.

I am, yours very truly (Signed)
Daniel Pollen.

Part of:
Inward letters - Daniel Pollen, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0507 (52 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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