Letter from Witako to McLean (with translation), 1 Sep 1848
Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0672C-08. Object #1031679
Letter warning of questionable land sales
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1 September, 1848
Greetings to you, your men and your sick son. Friend Mac, listen to what I have in mind. I am very sorry for my young brother and I am very perturbed for the trouble with the Europeans of your locality. Friend you should give consideration to Wi Tana and show compassion towards him. He should not be mad to suffer. Who is responsible? Is it the Judges? If so, it is well. If not I shall have to find some one else, or some other way, or refer it to the Governor, or to the Maori people.
Now Mack, I have this to say, you give the European his horse. I will not agree to give my blood for a blanet or a horse except perhaps blood for blood.
This is all. You write me a letter to let me know what is going to happen.
Enough, From your true friend
To the McLean, Waitohi.
[Trans. M.R. Jones]
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