Object #1006851 from MS-Papers-0032-0236
2 pages written 10 Jul 1859 by Edward Spencer Curling to Sir Donald McLean
From: Inward letters - E S Curling, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0236 (21 digitised items).
22 letters and memo written from Te Kopanga, Te Aute, Ahuriri, & near Patangata, 1857-1866. Includes letter from McLean to Curling, Jun 1859.
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
July 10th. 1859.
D. McLean Esq.
My dear Sir,
I send the Bill at 4 mos. to the U.B. and they must renew as they agree for 2 mos.
I assure you poor Domett's affairs have caused me anxiety for some months -- they require economy, and that some one who knows what ought to be done -- sees that it is done. It is impossible that Mr. Alexander can find time, nor can I.
Domett wrote me a note thinking I was at Napier asking me to see for, and send him at once the plans of the Survey of his land purchased on his run, which he requires at Nelson for the Execution of a Deed. I should feel much obliged if you wd. enquire hereon should you receive this in Napier.
In confidence I may tell you that I hear that -- has sent for Pratinee of Ngwakahepara and agreed to give him £60 rent for his cattle running on Native land for the next 12 months, and sundry advice that rent is better than sale. This Native was going to sell you land, and Domett ordered Tuke off the very land a runholder thus hires.
I have no doubt the truth of my information but I do not wish my name used because the truth of my statements can be learned from the natives themselves.
Enclosed is a memorandum of what occurred on the ''investigation''!! and visit of Tiffn and Cooper, and it is only proper that you should be in possession of these facts and particulars of events in 1856, and 1857, and I add therefore Nations letter to me and my reply, and I regret than of my several letters to Tiffen himself I did not retain copies.
Do not suppose that I desire to give you trouble for such is not the case.
The land office at Napier, and the jobs and fraudulent doings of Tiffen since he began his Trust and duties there require a public Court of Enquiry -- for Cooper and Woodwards enquiry was a political farce. We have no supreme Court, and the task of writing to Govt. we can only adopt with labour, and we are all liable to false reports in reply to charges, which personal examination would prevent.
I have had to perform a public and to me most unpleasant duty -- but what other course could I adopt than resist what I knew to be an unjust and illegal decision in regard to Crown lands. And a refusal to consider evidence -- and to defer judgement where it was intended to reverse 2 former official decisions. Chapman has called, and thanked me -- part of his run also being given away, and another claim to be made has disappeared in consequence. Pray excuse this digression from, My dear Sir,
Yours very faithfully,
Inward letters - E S Curling, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0236 (21 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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