Object #1004769 from MS-Papers-0032-0279

3 pages written 28 Jan 1871 by Sir William Fox in Rangitikei District to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Sir William Fox, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0279 (45 digitised items). 43 letters written by Fox from Wellington, Wanganui, Auckland, Grahamstown, Rangitikei, Marton, Dunedin, 1870-1871. Includes letter from Charles J Taylor to Fox, Feb 1870; Fox to Mete Kingi, 1870; incomplete letter to Fox (written from Patea, Mar 1870); Fox to Gisborne, Apr 1870; Fox to Gisborne (copy), May 1871; J Booth to Fox, Wanganui (copy), Apr 1871; McLean to Fox, 1871; Albert J Allen [?] to Fox, Aug 1871.

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Private Rangitikei

28th Jan. 1871



My Dear McLean

I am here for a few days on my way to Welln. In where I hope to be some time next week. Kemp had left the district before I got here, but if what I hear be true he has been far exceeding instuctions and "making ducks and drakes" of the

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land. For instance I am told that opposite my place where you told the natives they would have all below the Cliff, and what Carkeek estimated at 2000 acres and you thought quite enough, he has given them land far back amounting to 4000 more! In another case where they wanted 10 acres to cover burial grounds he promised 1000 - and altogether the amt. beyond the 12000 promised by you is 8000, making 20000 in all, besides which the friendlies are so encouraged by his easiness that they are going in for still more. If this is true or anything like true, it will not do, and we shall have to disclaim what he has done

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and restrict the natives to what you specifically promised.

I have not however got authentic information, so only write in haste to put you on your guard against confering what Kemp has done.


Yours faithfully
Wm. Fox

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Private Rangitikei

28th Jan. 1871



My Dear McLean

I am here for a few days on my way to Welln. In where I hope to be some time next week. Kemp had left the district before I got here, but if what I hear be true he has been far exceeding instuctions and "making ducks and drakes" of the land. For instance I am told that opposite my place where you told the natives they would have all below the Cliff, and what Carkeek estimated at 2000 acres and you thought quite enough, he has given them land far back amounting to 4000 more! In another case where they wanted 10 acres to cover burial grounds he promised 1000 - and altogether the amt. beyond the 12000 promised by you is 8000, making 20000 in all, besides which the friendlies are so encouraged by his easiness that they are going in for still more. If this is true or anything like true, it will not do, and we shall have to disclaim what he has done and restrict the natives to what you specifically promised.

I have not however got authentic information, so only write in haste to put you on your guard against confering what Kemp has done.


Yours faithfully
Wm. Fox

Part of:
Inward letters - Sir William Fox, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0279 (45 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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