Diary, May-Jul 1848, Dec 1848-Jan 1849
Reference Number: MS-1222. Object #1030957
Contains rough diary entries for negotiations around the Wanganui area in May-July 1848 and a visit to Wellington in from December 1848 to January. The later account includes accounts of meetings with the Governor and other officials, his enjoyment of the Wellington Highland Games, and his account of a meeting, accompanying Lieutenant-Governor Eyre, with local Maori about Rangitikei land on his way back overland. As with other diaries in this series the entries are interspersed with notes (including a long discussion of American treaties with tribes) and draft letters describing his actions.
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July 29 1848.
Brown and Witene Te Meihana of Ngatiruanui had connection with Rihipeti a married niece of the Witenes and his sister Ngape. Wi Tana heard of this and went to have a taua to Puketapu and burnt some houses Timu of Puketapu the husband of the woman and destroyed some wheat by fire. Brown interfered in this affair his woman belonging to the Puketapu tribe. Brown took some things from Ngapei a sister of Witanas living at Mr. Cooks. Ngapae sent to inform the Puketapu of her things being taken from her by Mr. Brown. Ngapei and Te Tana her brother went to town to get some satisfaction or rather to remonstrated with him for his interference with Ngapei. Others of the Puketapu tribe who had been to town to get some satisfaction or rather to remonstrate with him for his interference with Ngapei. Others of the Puketapu tribe who had been to town purchasing a cow joined Ngapei, and Brown was driving them off and the aggrieved party Witana would not go, and Brown struck him on the head whilst sitting with a whip. It is at present doubt
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ful whether the wound will prove fatal or not. This occurrence took place on Thursday. The medical report together with Capt. King's of this will be already furnished.
E Waka tells me that Witana is uncle to Timu whose wife committed adultery - went to burn his wheat and houses as his wife had misbehaved with a Ngatiruanui native who absconded after committing the act. The adulterer and adulteress are frequently sacrificed for their crimes - the husband kills the adulterer or his relatives do so for him, and the relatives of the woman put an end to her for her conduct - the death of an adulterer is not revenged by his tribe.
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