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17 March 1860 p2

This is page two and three of a three page letter written by Donald McLean on 17 March 1860. McLean speculates about the strength of King Potatau [Te Wherowhero] and the Waikato tribes being several thousand strong. Near the end of page two McLean reiterates "the necessity of obtaining a stronger force without delay for the protection of the English settlements". He speculates that this defence "would require a force of not less than 5000 men to defend the various isolated and scattered settlements of the Northern Island. NRS 4523 [4/1629 pp2-3]
17 March 1860 p2
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