Letter from Wi Tako to McLean (with translation), 30 Aug 1845

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0669B-09. Object #1032276

Letter informing McLean of events and feelings in the area

4 pages written 30 Aug 1845 by Wiremu Tako Ngatata to Sir Donald McLean, related to Michael Rotohiko Jones, Wellington Region, Te Ati Awa.

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

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English (MRJ)

August 30,1845

Friend, McLean, Greetings to you and your men.

I want to tell you what I had already mentioned to you in regard to the thinking of the people of Wellington, that the Europeans are not to be angry with them. They should be allowed to remain in their homes. There is some misunderstanding with the people from your place. You should speak to Poharama telling him to be more understanding, so that there will in turn be goodwill and understanding.

There is another thing I want to tell you, that should any Maori person come to seek information from you, you should not heed them, in fact you should angrily turn them away and not allow them to enter your house. Those who are good you can allow them in your house. You can then find whether their intentions are worthy, if not then you can push them outside, before they get you into trouble.

Friend, I have another matter to mention to you and Mr Cooke as to whether you two would agree to give me five bags of flour or whatever you can give. If you cannot do so, write and let me know. If you agree write to me. I shall compensate you and your friend, Cooke. You can send them by sailing ship when it comes this way.

I conclude,
From your affectionate friend,
Wi Tako.

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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