Object #1002929 from MS-Papers-0032-0002

2 pages written 9 Apr 1846 by Henry King in New Plymouth District to Sir George Grey

From: Protector of Aborigines - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0002 (34 digitised items). Includes correspondence with George Clarke, Chief Protector of Aborigines and others relating to Maori affairs in the Taranaki and Wanganui area. Includes list of the principal chiefs of the Puketapu tribe (1845), many of whom had settled at the unoccupied Ngati Toa pa at Te Uruhi on the Kapiti Coast; a report by Rev. Skevington on a dispute between Taupo and Wanganui Maori; description of the boundaries of the small block including the town and suburbs of New Plymouth, 22 Nov 1844 and lists of expenses incurred by McLean carry out his official duties

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COPY of a letter by the Inhabitants of Taranaki, to Governor Grey, expressing their satisfaction with Mr. Donald McLean's services as Protector of Aboriginies, - with private letter from Rev. H.H. Turton, - date 9th. April 1846.

''18th. June''

New Plymouth

April 9th. 1846.

To:- His Excellency Captain Grey Governor of New Zealand.


We, the undersigned, inhabitants of New Plymouth beg to express to Your Excellency, the favorable opinion we entertain as to the manner in which Mr. McLean has performed the duties of his office, during his residence amongst us, as the Sub-Protector of Aboriginies for this district.

Without adverting to the Protectorate in general, it is our belief, that by his conciliatory manner and strict impartiality, Mr. McLean has secured for himself individually the respect and friendly feeling of both races in this settlement; nor are we aware that he has ever taken advantage of his influence with the Natives, to excite them to act uncharitably, or in an improper manner, towards the European population. On the contrary, we believe, that whilst acting in the spirit of justice towards the former, it has always been in connection with a natural feeling of sympathy for the defenceless position of the latter.

Having heard that the Aboriginal Protectorate was to be finally abolished on the 31st. of last month, we consider it a matter of duty to Mr. McLean, that this, our cordial opinion of his past services should be laid before Your Excellency.

We have the honour to remain Your Excellency's obedient and humble servants, (Signed)
Henry King. P.M.
George Cutfield. J.P. J.T. Wicksteed, Resident Agent of N.Z. Co. & J.P. Wm. Bolland. T. Standish. F.N. Gledhill. Jas. Webster, J.P. George St. George Edwin Harris. Richard Chilman John Newland. (Signed)
Thos. Davies.
Edward Dorsett Octavius Carrington John George Cooke J.P. S. Gillingham Robert Gillingham Jno. Hirsthouse Charles Hirsthouse H. Hanson Turton. To:- His Excellency Governor Grey.

Part of:
Protector of Aborigines - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0002 (34 digitised items)
Series 7 Official papers, Reference Number Series 7 Official papers (3737 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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