“KING HONGI” MEETS KING GEORGE IV
13th November 1820
“How do you do, Mr. King George?” said Hongi, as he bowed to the King.
“How do you do, Mr. King Hongi?” was the good-natured monarch's reply.
The King gave the chiefs courtesy titles. Waikato was styled “Prince Waikato.” Hongi and he were each given, among other presents, gold-mounted double-barrel flintlock guns on which their names were engraved. These weapons, the best makes procurable at that time, were particularly acceptable to King Hongi and Prince Waikato.