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Letter from Rewi Maniapoto to Sir George Grey on 25 March 1863

‘Te Awamutu, 25 March, 1863.

‘Friend Governor Grey,

‘Greeting. This is my word to you. Mr Gorst has been killed by me. The press has been taken by me. They are my men who took it—eighty, armed with guns. The reason is, to drive away Mr Gorst, that he may return to the town: it is on account of the great darkness caused by his being sent to live here, and tempt us; and also on account of your saying that you would dig round our King till he fell. Friend, take Mr Gorst back to town; do not leave him to live with me at Te Awamutu. If you say he is to stay, he will die. Let your letter be speedy to fetch him away within three weeks.

‘From your friend,

Rewi Maniapoto


‘To Governor Grey at Taranaki.’