Object #1003486 from MS-Papers-0032-0565

2 pages written 15 Aug 1860 by William Nicholas Searancke to Sir Donald McLean

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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15th August 1860

My dear Sir,

I have found it impossible to remake all my accounts up before the sailing of the Steamer, now within half an hour of starting. I have been engaged on the Plans and returns etc. etc. which I hope will meet with your approval up to within the last two hours, I hear that the Victoria is on her way down and may be hourly expected, if she will remain only 24 hours, all accounts made up to this date shall be fowarded by her, I have reported very fully on the Wairarapa Plan I mention this because it may be imagined that Fraser has not done so much as he ought to have, his name not being particularly mentioned in any case now I do wish to record my opinion of him that he is an excellent surveyor fully up in every branch of his profession and the only man I know capable of completing the survey of the Wairarapa District or to whom it can with any safety be entrusted. I mention this in justice to him.

Your's most truly,
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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