Letter from Matara to McLean, 2 Aug 1851

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0675G-4. Object #1032679

2 pages written 2 Aug 1851 by an unknown author in Porirua City to Sir Donald McLean, related to Metiria Matara, Ngati Toa.

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

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

2 Hakuhata 1851

E hoa, e Te Makarini,

Ka nui toku aroha ki a koe. E hoa, e Te Makarini, kia tika to korero mai ki au, kei teka koe ki au, engari kia tika to whakaaro kia pono. E kore au e teka ki a koe, e mea ana au ka ngehea to ure. E kore e kaha ki te ai i au. Ko ai hia[?illegible], e kore e mutu to pirangi ki te tane maku. E Makarini, kei whakawaia koe e te Rewera, kia tupato i te kaimahi o te kino, kei whakawaia koe e te Maori ki te korero horihori. Kia rongo koe, e mea ana au tuku tata ki Waihou, waiho i konei. Heoi ano.

Na tou hoa aroha,
na Tara

English (E Ma)

2 August 1851

Friend, McLean,

I have great affection for you. Friend, McLean, tell the truth, don't lie to me, but be truthful in your opinion, be honest. I do not lie to you when I say your penis will wilt and you will not be able to copulate with me. But . . .[illegible] your desire[?] to be a man for me will not end. McLean, don't be tempted by the Devil, beware the worker of evil, don't be tempted by false talk from the Maori. Listen, I say to make a direct path to Waihou and leave here. That's all.

From your good friend,
from Tara

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0675G (8 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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