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Letter from Marianne Williams to Jane Williams [June] July 11, 1845

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  • Description

    Regarding the failed attempt to take Hone Heke Pa at Ohaeawai. The attack resulted in the deaths of Lieutenant Philpot and Captain Grant. Marianne tells the story of her husband Henry Williams approaching the Pa with a flag of truce, in order to retrieve the bodies of the dead.

    She shares news that Kawiti and his men had fled in the night leaving behind two bodies, one woman (alive), casks of powder, some muskets, their great guns, and their flags - including the one then had taken from Tamati Waka. Marianne writes that the Pa had been burned and the body of Captain Grant found inside. She goes on to write of the improved health of her children Edward, Jane, and Thomas. Edward and Jane had been maintaining the school throughout the conflicts and had 30 scholars in Jane Williams old house. As for the rest of her family she reports that Thomas had remained at Pakaraka planting wheat, while her husband Henry Williams was at Waimate labouring to supply the troops with flour and beef.

  • Other Id

    14466 (Presto content ID)

    MS-1991-75-778 (Reference Number)

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  • Name/Title
    Letter from Marianne Williams to Jane Williams [June] July 11, 1845
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  • Physical Description

    4pp on 1 leaf ; 225mm x 375mm

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  • Public Access Text

    June crossed out and July written in pencil.

    [Keywords: Correspondence, Colonialism, The Northern War, First Maori War]

  • Subject Notes
    Jane Williams (nee Nelson � 1801-1896) was the wife of William Williams, and a force for Missionary work in her own right. Trained as a school teacher, she taught Maori women and girls the art of domestic 'English' life. During her husbands frequent absences, Jane managed the day to day running of their mission. She is remembered as a bright, intelligent, courageous and cheerful soul.
    [Further reading: Faith and Farming: The legacy of Henry Williams and William Williams. pg. 275]
  • Last Update
    07 Jul 2023
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