Object #1000183 from MS-Papers-0032-0565
2 pages written 25 Apr 1860 by William Nicholas Searancke in Rangitikei District to Sir Donald McLean in Auckland City
From: Inward letters - W N Searancke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0565 (58 digitised items).
60 letters written from Waiuku, Ahuriri, Waipa, Auckland, Awhitu, Wellington, Masterton, Wairarapa, Otaki, Manawatu, Tuaranganui, Te Purupuru, Greytown, Rangitikei, Waikato, Whangarei, Ngaruawhaia. Includes piece-level inventory (1969 accessions not added). Contains letters from Searancke to McLean with regard to the purchase of Maori land in the lower North Island in the 1850s and 1860s, in Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu; the letters also contain information about disputes that arose from the sales among Maori and between Maori and the Government; there is also information about the disposition of Maori, and their attitudes towards the King Movement, in these areas during the New Zealand wars of the early 1860s There are also some letters about Searancke's work in the Waikato district as a resident magistrate, with information about his observations of the Kingitanga
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
25th April 1860
My dear Sir,
The small quantity of paper at hand must be my apology for this half sheet of Paper, everything here is at length pretty quiet, tho we have been at one time both blacks and whites rather excited, I was much amused by a Sermon preached at Pariwanui by Hamuera in which the fellow had the impudence to liken His Ex. and yourself to the two thieves who were hung on either hand of Our Saviour. I was not present but was told by the Maories that he gave you plenty of abuse. I shall be glad to get a line from yourself at your leisure as I am quite at a loss what to do whether to go on as usual or keep back for the present any land negociations. My private opinion is these natives down here and in the Wairarapa would rise in a moment if the King question is brought into the disputes. I forget whether I told you that during the last two years upwards of two tons of Gunpowder has been sold in this District alone and one hundred guns, and I have reason to believe that both arms and ammunition have been sold since the proclamation but as to proving it, it is an impossibility, I wonder that people are not compelled under a penalty to register their arms etc. this would be a check on the sale; the Wanganui people are very warlike, quite a contrast to Wellington Turton has I fear left a rather bad impression from the shortness of his temper with natives. I saw him on his arrival in Wellington for a few minutes, he did not appear to wish to see me, so I
I left him. It strikes me he has grown too big for his coat, he also conveyed to the Europeans at Whanganui the impression that he was coming to supersede me here in the District. If I/can again be of any assistance in any way at Taranaki, I shall be most happy to place my services at His Ex's disposal, I certainly should like to have a hand in the mess there.
ever my dear Sir,
your's very truly in haste
Will N. Searancke
D. McLean Esqre.
Inward letters - W N Searancke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0565 (58 digitised items)
Series 1 Inward letters (English), Reference Number Series 1 Inward letters (English) (14501 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)
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