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An Epitome of Official Documents Relative to Native Affairs and Land Purchases in the North Island of New Zealand

Rations to Friendly Natives

Rations to Friendly Natives.

I have also directed that the followers of those Native chiefs who are engaged in active operations against the rebels in conjunction with the British troops in the field, should daily receive a ration, which they have not hitherto done. They will thus be brought more completely under the control of the British officer in command; they can be collected in larger and more efficient bodies; and the rebel chiefs, who can confer no such advantage on their followers, will find it much more difficult to keep their forces together, and their service, now that they are pressed for supplies, will not be nearly so popular as it has hitherto been.

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