Object #1000432 from MS-Papers-0032-0565

2 pages written 13 Mar 1861 by William Nicholas Searancke to Sir Donald McLean in Auckland Region

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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English (ATL)

13th March 1861


My dear Sir,

I arrived here yesterday and today went to see Te Katipa who is nearly as bad as he can be, he may last two or three days longer but I doubt it. There were no strangers present but about 40 of the Ngatimaru arrived immediately after I had left him Aihepene is as expected tomorrow or the day after, he will be accompanied by a large party of the Waikatos to have a last look of Te Katipa, I shall remain here to see him and to make all arrangements for the completion of the purchases here, I do not think this will take me very long and shall be glad if there is anything I can do here or in the neighbourhood, on the coast or up the river without interfering with the duties of others, as a state of inaction does not at all agree with me

and am


very truly your's
Will N. Searancke
D. McLean Esqre, AUCKLAND

English (ATL)

13th March 1861


My dear Sir,

I arrived here yesterday and today went to see Te Katipa who is nearly as bad as he can be, he may last two or three days longer but I doubt it. There were no strangers present but about 40 of the Ngatimaru arrived immediately after I had left him Aihepene is as expected tomorrow or the day after, he will be accompanied by a large party of the Waikatos to have a last look of Te Katipa, I shall remain here to see him and to make all arrangements for the completion of the purchases here, I do not think this will take me very long and shall be glad if there is anything I can do here or in the neighbourhood, on the coast or up the river without interfering with the duties of others, as a state of inaction does not at all agree with me

and am


very truly your's
Will N. Searancke
D. McLean Esqre, AUCKLAND

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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