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EXTRACTS FROM A DIARY
KEPT BY THE
REV. R. BURROWS
Heke's War in the North
UPTON AND CO.
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SOME years before the late Sir William Martin left New Zealand, he did me the honour to read the Diary, extracts from which are embodied in the following pages; and he advised me not to allow the manuscript to be lost, as it contained what might form a chapter in a future history of New Zealand.
I well remember Sir William remarking that, although "Heke's War was confined to one part of the Island, and his followers were comparatively few, yet it represented a 'crisis' in the early history of the colonization of the country; and that the facts and circumstances connected therewith ought not to be lost to our children."
Although I have allowed many years to pass away since these suggestions were made, I always had such implicit confidence in Sir William Martin's judgment, that I all along intended some day to act upon his advice.
Having been confined to my home for the last month, I have employed my time in putting together what follows.
ST. STEPHEN'S ROAD,
February 17, 1886.