Object #1027346 from MS-Papers-0032-0312

3 pages written 1 Mar 1852 by Henry Halse in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0312 (49 digitised items). 43 letters written from New Plymouth and Huatoki. Includes copies of letters from Wiremu Kingi, Witi, and Aperahama, Te Kani, 1851

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Private. New Plymouth

March 1st. 1852.



Dear Sir,

Up to the present time the case of cattle wounding remains a mystery and I see no hope of clearing it up satisfactorily - unfortunately some Europeans have set the example in the several cases of horse shooting and we cannot be surprised either at the act, or the secrecy adopted supposing the injury was inflicted by a native.

I am under orders for Tatara tomorrow to see natives in possession of land within that block and order them off! It is a pity our R.M. does not understand that to negotiate with savages is an undertaking of difficulty. If you conduct yourself towards them with politeness, deference and gentleness, they

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set it down to weakness and fear, and repay your humanity with insolence, and if you behave towards them with a high hand, things are soon brought to extremities, and you have to repress force with force. What force is there in this settlement?

I am summoned to Police Office in common with others v. Merrett.

12 oclock, inquiry adjourned till 10 oclock tomorrow morning.


Yours faithfully,
H. Halse.

English (ATL)

Private. New Plymouth

March 1st. 1852.



Dear Sir,

Up to the present time the case of cattle wounding remains a mystery and I see no hope of clearing it up satisfactorily - unfortunately some Europeans have set the example in the several cases of horse shooting and we cannot be surprised either at the act, or the secrecy adopted supposing the injury was inflicted by a native.

I am under orders for Tatara tomorrow to see natives in possession of land within that block and order them off! It is a pity our R.M. does not understand that to negotiate with savages is an undertaking of difficulty. If you conduct yourself towards them with politeness, deference and gentleness, they set it down to weakness and fear, and repay your humanity with insolence, and if you behave towards them with a high hand, things are soon brought to extremities, and you have to repress force with force. What force is there in this settlement?

I am summoned to Police Office in common with others v. Merrett.

12 oclock, inquiry adjourned till 10 oclock tomorrow morning.


Yours faithfully,
H. Halse.

Part of:
Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0312 (49 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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