Object #1027418 from MS-Papers-0032-0010

3 pages written 20 Apr 1857 by George Sisson Cooper in Napier City

From: Secretary, Native Department - Administration of native affairs, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0010 (29 digitised items). Includes papers relating to the activites of Ngati Toa and its allies along the Kapiti Coast at Wainui, Whareroa, Te Uruhi, Waikanae, Otaki, Ohau, and Porouatawhao ca 1860. This was a period when the colonial settlers at Wellington thought themselves to be under imminent attack by Ngati Toa and others. Wi Tako Ngatata's activities were under suspicion as well (ie Wi Tako left the Hutt Valley with a mounted escort of sixty seven well-armed men from Waikanae and Whareroa).

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COPY Memorandum on the Case of Canning v. Wakatomo.

The Defendant in this case is a son of Te Hapuku, and bears a notoriously bad character, so much that no person who knows him would believe him on his oath in a case where he had any interest in telling a falsehood.

At the request of Mr. Canning I applied to Te Hapuku and used every argument in my power to induce him to give up the colt, but without effect. His statement is that the mare was a very early foal of one year, and the colt a late one of the year following, and that it was born when the mother was about 18 months old, a thing generally admitted by breeders of horses, to

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he impossible.

From what Te Hapuku has said to me, I think he believes the colt to be really his property; but at the same time I feel sure that his son is well aware that it cannot be so.

I do not think there is now any probability of the horse being given up; and it is almost superfluous to say that there are no means of compelling the natives to abide by the Decision of the Court; whilst the chances of their doing so voluntarily have been removed by injudicious taunts and threats which have been used by some of the settlers.

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As to the horse having been the bona fide property of the late Mr. de Pelichet, and having been sold by his Executors to Mr. Canning, there can be no manner of doubt.

(Signed)
G.S. Cooper
J.P.
Napier
April 20th. 1857.

English (ATL)

COPY Memorandum on the Case of Canning v. Wakatomo.

The Defendant in this case is a son of Te Hapuku, and bears a notoriously bad character, so much that no person who knows him would believe him on his oath in a case where he had any interest in telling a falsehood.

At the request of Mr. Canning I applied to Te Hapuku and used every argument in my power to induce him to give up the colt, but without effect. His statement is that the mare was a very early foal of one year, and the colt a late one of the year following, and that it was born when the mother was about 18 months old, a thing generally admitted by breeders of horses, to he impossible.

From what Te Hapuku has said to me, I think he believes the colt to be really his property; but at the same time I feel sure that his son is well aware that it cannot be so.

I do not think there is now any probability of the horse being given up; and it is almost superfluous to say that there are no means of compelling the natives to abide by the Decision of the Court; whilst the chances of their doing so voluntarily have been removed by injudicious taunts and threats which have been used by some of the settlers.

As to the horse having been the bona fide property of the late Mr. de Pelichet, and having been sold by his Executors to Mr. Canning, there can be no manner of doubt.

(Signed)
G.S. Cooper
J.P.
Napier
April 20th. 1857.

Part of:
Secretary, Native Department - Administration of native affairs, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0010 (29 digitised items)
Series 7 Official papers, Reference Number Series 7 Official papers (3737 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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