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Extracts from a Diary during Heke's War in the North in 1845


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Some years before the late Sir William Martin left New Zealand, he did me the honour to read the Diary, extracts from which are embodied in the following pages; and he advised me not to allow the manuscript to be lost, as it contained what might form a chapter in a future history of New Zealand.

I well remember Sir William remarking that, although “Heke's War was confined to one part of the Island, and his followers were comparatively few, yet it represented a ‘crisis’ in the early history of the colonization of the country; and that the facts and circumstances connected therewith ought not to be lost to our children.”

Although I have allowed many years to pass away since these suggestions were made, I always had such implicit confidence in Sir William Martin's judgement, that I all along intended some day to act upon his advice.

Having been confined to my home for the last month, I have employed my time in putting together what follows.

R. B.

St. Stephen's Road, February 17, 1886.