Object #1003683 from MS-Papers-0032-0565

4 pages written 24 Nov 1860 by William Nicholas Searancke in Wellington City 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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24 Novr. 1860

My dear Sir,

I regret much that my absence during the last eight days with Mr. Weld in the Wairarapa, assisting him in settling some of the disputes has put it quite out of my power to answer many of the numerous officials. I did not get to Wellington untill this morning (after the steamer) my subsequent detention by Weld talking over various questions untill 3 o'clock P.M. has put it entirely out of my power to do more than tell you this so that you may not suppose that I am avoiding any difficulties. I am very glad to see a prospect of escaping with my life out of this Hornets nest and shall be ready at any time to move but certainly should prefer being allowed to remain for a short time longer to settle up the uncompleted purchases in the valley I think I have a right to demand this and I know that no one else can do so, except by spending considerable time over them, besides the immediate settlement of these questions will in my opinion do away entirely with the necessity of any Commissioner N. Dept. for some time I am quite sure of one thing that Ishall not envy my successor here. I would I solemnly declare rather give up altogether than remain here as a Govt. officer.

Yours very truly,
Will N. Searancke

Torohanga (Rawiris case) is settled, he got £300. 150 acres of land bought at 10/- 1 ton Flour and 1/2 ton sugar and lease of the land giving up everything, Crops etc. etc. I am very much pleased with Mr. Weld, he certainly is one of the most Gentlemanly and conciliatory mannered men I have met. I only wish that there were others here slightly resembling him.

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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