Object #1005710 from MS-Papers-0032-0001

4 pages written 1 Jul 1844 by Sir Donald McLean in Auckland Region

From: Protector of Aborigines - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0001 (21 digitised items). Memos and correspondence with George Clarke, the Chief Protector of Aborigines, including draft reports by McLean on his meetings with Maori relating to disputes and negotiations over land.Also includes translation of a letter (1844) from Te Wherowhero to the Taranaki chiefs urging them not to follow Te Rauparaha's example of confrontation refering to the Wairau conflict (1839) and notes of a meeting between Ngamotu Maori and McLean, 27 Sep 1844.

A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.

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English (ATL)

Auckland,
July 1, 1844.


Sir,

I have the honor to acquaint you that in compliance with your instructions of the 21 June I proceeded with Dr. Campbell the Gent appointed by Mr. Taylor to negotiate with the Natives to conclude the payment for the Island of Pakehe at Princes Inlet. When the Natives connected with the said Island were collected I informed them that His Excellency was about sanctioning the sale of that Island to Mr. Taylor who would on the completion of a further payment commence operations thereon, at the same time giving them to understand that as they had previously complained to you of not having received an equivalent payment for the Island

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that a further payment would be now made.

The Natives replied that the original payment recd, by them was one Double barrelld gun for which they would willingly pay the Government two ship loads of Manganese.

The reasons assigned by them for not coming to a final conclusion in reference to the Island were that some of their lands that had been sold to Europeans had not been as yet fully paid for. I recommended these cases to be laid before you for your consideration in the meantime they wished a little more time to think of the present proposals.

Enclosed I send for your information the

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names of the Native Claimants of the Island.

I have herewith the honor of forwarding my a/c of travelling expences.


Yours,
(D. McLean)

English (ATL)

Auckland,
July 1, 1844.


Sir,

I have the honor to acquaint you that in compliance with your instructions of the 21 June I proceeded with Dr. Campbell the Gent appointed by Mr. Taylor to negotiate with the Natives to conclude the payment for the Island of Pakehe at Princes Inlet. When the Natives connected with the said Island were collected I informed them that His Excellency was about sanctioning the sale of that Island to Mr. Taylor who would on the completion of a further payment commence operations thereon, at the same time giving them to understand that as they had previously complained to you of not having received an equivalent payment for the Island that a further payment would be now made.

The Natives replied that the original payment recd, by them was one Double barrelld gun for which they would willingly pay the Government two ship loads of Manganese.

The reasons assigned by them for not coming to a final conclusion in reference to the Island were that some of their lands that had been sold to Europeans had not been as yet fully paid for. I recommended these cases to be laid before you for your consideration in the meantime they wished a little more time to think of the present proposals.

Enclosed I send for your information the names of the Native Claimants of the Island.

I have herewith the honor of forwarding my a/c of travelling expences.


Yours,
(D. McLean)

Part of:
Protector of Aborigines - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0001 (21 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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