Letter to McLean from an unknown correspondent, 31 Jul 1848

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0672C-05. Object #1030678

Details events to McLean of a war party coming to the area

2 pages to Sir Donald McLean, related to Kawana Hunia Te Hakeke, Kapiti Coast District, Te Ati Awa.

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

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

Ko 31 Hurae 1848


E hoa, e Te Makarini,

Tena koe. E hoa, kua kite tau korerotanga ki au. Kua tae mai te taua a Taratoa raua ko Te Rangihaeata, kua wera aku whare i a raua, he riri o raua ki te kainga mo raua. Otira kua korero ahau ki a koe, a muri iho kua tae atu taku pukapuka ki a koe.

E hoa, kahore aku riri ki a Te Rangihaeata raua ko Taratoa. E whakaaro ana ahau kei a Kawana he tikanga, kei a koe hoki. E tohe[?] tonu ana matou kia tukua te whenua mo koutou. E hoa, ko ta matou whawhai tenei ki a Te Rangihaeata raua ko Taratoa, he tuku i te whenua mo koutou. Otira, kua tae mai te pukapuka a Kawana ki ahau, kua mea mai ia ki ahau kia hoko ahau i te whenua mo nga Pakeha. E hoa, ki te mea e tika ana to whakaaro, tuhituhia ki a Kawana Hea, ki te mea e whakaae mai a Kawana, hohoro te tuhituhi mai ki ahau inaianei, kia riri kau[?] a Taratoa raua ko Te Rangihaeata, kua riro mai[?] nga utu i nga tangata nona te kainga. Heoi ano ka mutu.
[No signature.]

English (E Ma)

31 July 1848


Friend, McLean,

Greetings. Friend, I have seen your message to me. Taratoa and Te Rangihaeata's war party have been here and they burnt my houses in anger over the land [they claimed] for themselves. However, I have told you and later my letter would have come to you.

Friend, I have no quarrel with Te Rangihaeata and Taratoa. I think that it is for the Governor to decide, and you too. We continue to argue to give the land to you. Friend, this is our fight with Te Rangihaeata and Taratoa, giving the land for you. However, the Governor's letter has come to me, and he says that I should sell the land for the Pakeha. Friend, if in your opinion it is correct, then write to Governor Eyre, and if the Governor agrees, then write to me quickly, now, lest Taratoa and Te Rangihaeata become angry over payments made to the people who own the land. That's all, the end.
[No signature.]

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0672C (14 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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