Extracts from a Diary during Heke's War in the North in 1845
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.
St. Stephen's Road, February 17, 1886.