Te Karoro Tipi Hau. He Kimihanga, He Haunga i Te Whare Nui o Tongameha
14 Nowema, 1891.
He whakaatu tenei naku kia koe i te taenga mai o to Pukapuka No 53 o te 19 o nga ra o Akuhata kua taha ake nei me te Pitihana i tuhituhia mai nei kia Te Kuini e nga tangata Maori e noho ana i te takiwa o Rotorua, Nui Tireni, e inoi ana kia whakaturia he Kaunihera tangata Maori o te Kuini, he whakahaere i nga tikanga mo te iwi Maori.
He tono tenei naku kia koe, kia me atu ki nga kai inoi, kua whakatakotoria, ta ratou Pitihana ki te aroaro o te Kuini, a nui atu tona pai i te taenga mai o taua Pitihana kia ia otira, i te mea kua tukua atu ma te iwi ake o Nui Tireui te mana mo to ratou Kawanatanga, a i te mea ano hoki e whai nohoanga ana etahi Maori i roto i te Paremete o te Koroni, na reira e kore te Kuini e ahei ki te whakahaore tikanga ke, penei me tenei e tonoa mai nei e ratou.
Me ki atu ano hoki, e tino whakapono ana te Kuini, kei te tino whakaarohia nuitia, e te Kawanatanga me te Paremete o Nui Tireni, nga tikanga e puta ai he oranga mo te iwi Maori, pena hoki me to te Kuini maharatanga tonutanga kia ratou.
Heoi, Naku, E toku Ariki,
Na to pononga rongotonu
14 November 1891.
I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch No 53 of the 19th of August last enclosing a Petition addressed to the Queen by Maoris resident in the Hot Lakes District of New Zealand, praying that Her Majesty will authorise the Constitution of a Representative Council of Maoris to deal with matters affecting the Natives.
I request that you will inform the petitioners that their petition has been laid before the Queen who was pleased to receive it very graciously, but that Responsible Government having been conceded to the people of New Zealand, and representatives of the Maori Race having seats in the Colonial Parliament Her Majesty cannot interfere in the manner prayed for by them.
You will add that Her Majesty has full confidence that the interests of the Maori Race and their welfare are matters of deep concern to the Grovernment and Parliament of New Zealand, as they are and will continue to be to her Majesty herself.
I have the honour to be,
Your Lordship's most obedient humble servant,
Knutsford.Governor, The Right Honourable
The Earl of Glasgow, G.C.M.G., &c, &c, &c