Letter from Wi Tako to McLean (with translation), 6 Jul 1846

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0670A-10. Object #1030736

Letter about the number of Pakeha supporters in Wellington's Maori population and a projection that war may start in Porirua

4 pages written 6 Jul 1846 by Wiremu Tako Ngatata in Kumutoto to Sir Donald McLean in Te Henui, related to Michael Rotohiko Jones, Wellington City, Porirua City, Ngati Toa, Te Ati Awa.

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

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English (MRJ)

To McLean, Tehanui July 6, 1846


Friend Mclean, greetings to you all including your friend Te Waka.

Friend to not think I am not thinking of you as I have so much to tell you.

Friend this is one thing I have to tell you. The people of Wellington are joining up with the Europeans - one hundred and seven of them. So you will see and you can tell the people of your home. Later perhaps you will hear of this evil, or it may be life or it may be life or it may be death. Perhaps it is for evil, as there are forebodings that fighting will begin in August at Porirua. Therefore friend Mclean give a thought for you people.


I conclude. Friend you tell Te Mata to remain strictly at his home. I remain From
Wiremu TakoKumutoto.

Te Reo Maori (E Ma)





English (MRJ)

To McLean, Tehanui July 6, 1846


Friend Mclean, greetings to you all including your friend Te Waka.

Friend to not think I am not thinking of you as I have so much to tell you.

Friend this is one thing I have to tell you. The people of Wellington are joining up with the Europeans - one hundred and seven of them. So you will see and you can tell the people of your home. Later perhaps you will hear of this evil, or it may be life or it may be life or it may be death. Perhaps it is for evil, as there are forebodings that fighting will begin in August at Porirua. Therefore friend Mclean give a thought for you people.


I conclude. Friend you tell Te Mata to remain strictly at his home. I remain From
Wiremu TakoKumutoto.

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0670A (12 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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