Letter from Wiremu Matakatea to McLean (with translation), 18 Oct 1845

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0669B-15. Object #1030696

Letter about the ownership of some stray stock

5 pages written 18 Oct 1845 by Wiremu Kingi Moki Te Matakatea in Te Umuroa to Sir Donald McLean, related to Michael Rotohiko Jones, Taranaki (Taranaki Iwi).

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

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)





English (MRJ)

October 18 1845

Te Umuroa

Friend Mclean,

I have much regard for you. Your letter has arrived, an indication of that regard, therefore friend Mclean greetings to you. I have been wondering where you could have your place of residence. Here in this town or at Wanganui, or here in Wellington. This has been of much concern to me towards you.

I and Hakaraia and Tamihana have arrived to fetch the cow which we will lead. The cows have been to water and are now have gone back. When the children went to chase them they were knocked over which made them cry, so we left them and went away from them. I am still of opinion to keep these cows, but Hone says it is a matter for Wiremu to say. I have written to him and he has replied that he has been trying to find out whether they belong to the Europeans or to Mclean. This is not my idea it is his own. However Parangi (Frank) and Kemara (Campbell) the owners of the cows have arrived and I have spoken to them and they have agreed to tie up the cows. This is all I have to say to you.


From your affectionate Friend,
Wiremuki Matakatea.

Te Reo Maori (E Ma)





English (MRJ)

October 18 1845

Te Umuroa

Friend Mclean,

I have much regard for you. Your letter has arrived, an indication of that regard, therefore friend Mclean greetings to you. I have been wondering where you could have your place of residence. Here in this town or at Wanganui, or here in Wellington. This has been of much concern to me towards you.

I and Hakaraia and Tamihana have arrived to fetch the cow which we will lead. The cows have been to water and are now have gone back. When the children went to chase them they were knocked over which made them cry, so we left them and went away from them. I am still of opinion to keep these cows, but Hone says it is a matter for Wiremu to say. I have written to him and he has replied that he has been trying to find out whether they belong to the Europeans or to Mclean. This is not my idea it is his own. However Parangi (Frank) and Kemara (Campbell) the owners of the cows have arrived and I have spoken to them and they have agreed to tie up the cows. This is all I have to say to you.


From your affectionate Friend,
Wiremuki Matakatea.

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0669B (16 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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