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William R Edwards

Arrived: 1833 or before
Country of origin:
Area in New Zealand:Poverty Bay
Source: Paperspast

Details: Letter to the Hawkes Bay Herald.        SIR,—Having seen an article in the Hawke's Bay Herald of the 24th headed " An Ancient Mariner," and as you wish, to be informed a little more about it, I beg to state that I happened to be in Poverty Bay in 1833, and in course of conversation with a Mr Harris, who was acting as trading agent for Messrs Monteveere and Co., of Sydney, he told me that he had a man in his employment  named Burns, (not Bruce) who several times wanted to have himself tattooed and did get tattooed, the result being that Mr Harris sent the man about his business. Some few years afterwards Mr Harris being in England, and passing by a showman's box, he recognised Burns, tattooed all over, acting on the stage. When Mr Harris accosted Burns in the Native language Burns felt quite surprised, Mr Harris having said, " Burns, I know you."— l am, &c.,WILLIAM R. EDWARDS. Te Aute, September 25, 1886.