Object #1027222 from MS-Papers-0032-0635
2 pages written 16 Oct 1866 by Sir George Stoddart Whitmore in Titiokura to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - G S Whitmore, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0635 (105 digitised items).
103 letters written from Hawke's Bay and London, 1862-1869 & undated. Includes letter to Miss McLean written from Wellington by T F? Whitmore, undated; sketch map of area from just north of the Mohaka River south to Whitmore's run (undated). Piece-level inventory of letters accessioned pre-1969.
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
16 Octr. 1866
My dear McLean,
I got yesterday to Waipuna at the southern extremity of the ranges on the slopes of which, to the Napier side the Pohui Bush is situated. The Cavalry Volunteers numbered about 35 inclusive of all descriptions of persons, I then sent to Major Fraser desiring him if strong enough to attack from Pohui, while I went round to the back, as I directed that nothing should be done from the Pohui side till 9 o'clock I calculated on intercepting any fugitives flying to Te Haroto. During the night Capt. Anderson who took my message returned, informing me that Major Fraser had found that the enemy had decamped and therefore that he had occupied Titiokura.
This morning therefore I Joined at 9 A. M. Major Fraser by the direct road and have now despatches Capt. Carr to secure any canoes on the Mohaka as fires are reported to have been seen yesterday at Te Haroto.
I see that the enemy has abandoned this place in some haste. It is surmised that he fled in two parties one
towards Te Haroto and one towards Mangaharuru I shall be better able to inform you on this point later today.
It has been reported to me that on Saturday morning 5 fugitives were fired upon near Mr Taylors Station by Mr John Brenigan the overseer and a shepherd - both belonging to the Peva Peva part of the Militia Co.No.4 - Two fell and the rest took refuge in a deep gully on the Rissington Run. I shall search for the wounded man on my return, according to the report their blood trail is very apparent and leads into the gully.
One more wounded Hau Hau shot by Major Frasers party has been brought in and a second accompanied by an unwounded man were met by Mr. H. Russells shepherds near Tongoio.
A very large body of friendly Maoris are coming up we learn in rear, but they will prove an encumbrance so I shall ask the Chiefs to select a few only to come on I shall send you further intelligence as soon as I can.
very sincerely yours
All the Hau Hau poles are cut down but no huts burnt. We have collected a large Maori correspondence which I will send to you. G. S. W.
Inward letters - G S Whitmore, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0635 (105 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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