Object #1002174 from MS-Papers-0032-0449

2 pages written 11 Apr 1870 by Sir William Martin to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Sir William Martin, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0449 (25 digitised items). 25 letters written from Taurarua, Auckland, Wellington and San Francisco, 1854-1875. Includes some draft letters from McLean and piece-level inventory (excludes letters accessioned in 1969).

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11 April 1870

My dear Mr. McLean

I have read with great interest the regulations proposed by Mohi in the paper kindly forwarded to me in your letter of 16 March. They are valuable as indicating some of the troubles of Maori society, as viewed by themselves, but especially as showing an acceptance of some important principles. I note the following:

1. That the jurisdiction of the Maori Magistrates in cases between their own people be limited in amount and defined by written rules.

2. That an appeal lie to the Cot. of the Residt. Magte. and that the decision of that Court be final.

3. That all questions of homicide be reserved for the Supreme Court.

4. That all Maori modes of obtaining redress and levying damages be suppressed by law.

I should be glad to be allowed to retain this paper of Mohi's a little time longer, to give it further consideration: partly because I do not always see the drift of what he proposes, and partly because I should like to try to put his proposals into a more convenient form. Though even as they stand, they show a very remarkable aptitude on the part of the framer. If I hear nothing to the contrary I will keep it for a month from this time.

I am, My dear Mr. McLean
Yours very truly
Wm. Martin

Part of:
Inward letters - Sir William Martin, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0449 (25 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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