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Letter from Marianne Williams to Samuel Williams, March 19, 1845

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  • Description

    Regarding the Battle of Kororareka. Marianne writes of Captain Wrights cottage being burnt down, and that the fires were subsiding. She writes that Te Ruki Kawiti and Hone Heke were still 'plundering and burning', and that Henry Williams had sent for the support of Tamati Waka Nene. She comments that her husbands involvement was criticized by both sides.

    She also writes that all settlers except themselves, the Wrights, and the Hickstones had fled, and contemplated what should be done about her daughters Marianne, Sarah, Catherine, Caroline, and Lydia. Marianne finishes the letter by asking Samuel to pass on the news to various family members, to thank various friends for their assistance in troubled times, and asked that if he should hear anyone accusing his father of treason to pass on his compliments to them.

  • Other Id

    14455 (Presto content ID)

    MS-1991-75-767 (Reference Number)

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  • Name/Title
    Letter from Marianne Williams to Samuel Williams, March 19, 1845
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  • Physical Description

    7pp on 1 leaf ; 234mm x 372mm.

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  • Public Access Text

    [Keywords: Correspondence, Colonialism, Puketutu, Mrs Smith, Mrs Dudln, Mrs Smith, Miss Codd, The Land Question, Cross-written]

  • Last Update
    07 Jul 2023
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