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Nation Making, a story of New Zealand

Auckland, March 18—

Auckland, March 18—.

'To Tanna.

'Sir,—Salutations—This is a word from me to you. Buckland's cattle and mine have been taken by you. I desired my cattle to come round by sea. That was the word I said to Tamati and the rest at Kotuku. Whilst I was at Waihou, Buckland had gone to Tauranga, and, meeting Hori Tupaea there, he brought my cattle over the range. This is the word that I hear. These cattle have been seized by your friends the Hauhaus, who fired off guns and stole the cattle, and have killed some. They are now eating them.

'Hearken, this work is done under your shadow. Is it right? What evil thing have I done that my cattle should be stolen? What wrong have the cattle done that they should be eaten by Hauhaus? O, son, take heed to your steps. You are approaching the edge of the precipice. Hearken! Do you not hear the roar of the ocean below? Why does my friend continue to live in a dark house? Evil counsellors dwell therein. Your father dwelt in the sunshine.

'Tawhiao (the King) does not approve of this bad work. He knows that it will lead to fighting if it be not stopped. Do you stop it, and restore the cattle. Hearken, there are many Pakehas here who wish to live at peace with the Maories. Why do you permit bad men to put that peace in danger of being broken? Friend, this is another word: the new Governor has arrived. He has had no hand in the troubles of this island. He is clear. He is a wise man, and desires strongly to do good to all the Maories and the page 95pakehas. He has heard of the rivers being shut up, and of the cattle being stolen. I have seen him, and have said to him, "O Governor, this bad work has been done by ignorant men, who do not know the right way." I have said to him, "Do not be angry with them, wait, let us hear all; let there be no fighting." The Governor said, "Good, I will wait, and hear for myself, for I do not love war."

'These words are good words; I approve of them. Do you, O Tanna, ponder well all the words of this letter.

'From your friend.'