Object #1006835 from MS-Papers-0032-0565

2 pages written 10 Nov 1856 by William Nicholas Searancke in Auckland Region to Ahuriri

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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English (ATL)

November 10th. 1856.

A. McLean Esq., Te Ahuriri.
Dear Sir,

Having been appointed by His Excellency as one of the Surveyors to the Native Land Purchase Department, I much fear that I shall not be able to meet you at Waipa in the Summer as we purposed, I hear that a large sum of Money has been sent to the Ahuriri for the Natives in payment for the Land. I trust you will get some pickings out of it. I also hear that it is likely that a larger sum of Money is likely to be expended there during the Summer, should that be the case, you will be able to take steps to avail yourself of the information. I hope you have been able to dispose of my Pony, if you have done so, you would oblige me much by forwarding to Mr. D. McLean in Auckland the proceeds, as I am very much astern, my trip with you to the Ahuriri having been rather inopportune. Hoping that you are comfortably settled,

I am Dr. Sir,
Yours very truly,
Will N. Searancke.
Write to me at 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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