Object #1000410 from MS-Papers-0032-0565

3 pages written 14 Feb 1859 by William Nicholas Searancke in Greytown

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

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Feby. 14th. 1859.


My dear Sir,

Mr. Fraser found me at the Ahiaruhu on Saturday evening (day before yesterday) whither I had proceeded to pay up some balances on my Maungaraki purchases, and very glad I assure you I was to see him, I know him slightly and believe he will suit me very well. I was getting desperate for want of assistance. I purpose setting him on at once to survey all my Maungaraki purchases, set out Reserves, etc. etc.

As regards Monies lent by you on behalf of Natives I have written you fully last week and believe ten minutes conversation will set all right. I have had some correspondence with Mr, Parris at Taranaki about Native claims on Waikanae which I trust will allay their fears of being forgotten in the payments to be made. I have wasted all last week, going down the valley to Otaraia, and Tahitarata about some land which the natives wanted to sell, I knew very well there was no land but they the Natives would not be satisfied without my going there, so I went and spent a week among them, did no business but satisfied them completely. I purposed going to Pahana today about some land there but shall not remain there more than a day or two. By the bye that old countryman of yours, old McMaster, took me for £45 for a horse.

As I presume I may now expect you here in a few day's I shall defer saying more till be meet and

am, dr. Sir,

very faithfully yours,
Will. N. Searancke.

Part of:
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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