Letter from William Potangaroa to McLean, 29 Oct 1852

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0676E-07. Object #1030004

2 pages written 29 Oct 1852 by Wiremu Te Potangaroa in Mataikona to Sir Donald McLean, related to Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa.

A transcription/translation of this document (by E Ma) appears below.

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

No Mataikona
29 Oketopa 1852


E hoa, e Te Makarini,

Tena ko koe. Ka nui toku aroha atu ki a koe. Tenei ano au te noho nei me te mahara ake ano ki a koe i roto i enei marama, a, kore noa ake. Kei te aha ranei koe e ngaro nei? E hoa e, ko te ware mou, kaore tonu kia oti, he mate kai noku i kore ai e oti. Heoi kei pouri mai koe.


Naku, na tou hoa aroha pono,
na William Potangaroa

English (E Ma)

From Mataikona
29 October 1852


Friend, McLean,

Greetings to you. I have great affection for you. I've been staying here these months thinking of you, and without any result. What's the reason for your absence? Friend, the house for you is not yet finished, and the reason for that is my lack of food. That's all, and in case you have sympathy for me.


From me, from your good and true friend,
William Potangaroa

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0676E (15 digitised items)
Series 2 Inward letters (Maori), Reference Number Series 2 Inward letters (Maori) (3148 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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