Object #1007253 from MS-Papers-0032-0001

4 pages written 22 Aug 1844 by Thomas Spencer Forsaith in Auckland Region to Sir Donald McLean

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.

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English (ATL)

Protectors Office,
Auckland,
Augt.22, 1844.


Sir,

In order to facilitate and simplify the duty you have to perform in obtaining the necessary definite information in order to the settlement of the Taranaki Land question. I have the honor to forward the enclosed forms, according to which you will have the goodness to condense the information you acquire.

Many difficulties will doubtless arise to discourage you, but a patient and persevering effort will remove every obstacle however formidable

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at first sight it may appear.

With reference to the price which those Natives who wish to sell may fix upon their lands, you must be prepared to hear all that they can urge in support of their claim, but at the same time to inform them that extravagant demands cannot be complied with but your own knowledge of the native character will suggest the propriety of making such matters a subject of private and mutual arrangement as the Natives cannot determine what is a fair and reasonable price for their Lands without such assistance.

I would also strongly recommend you to keep up frequent communication

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with Mr. Whiteley who may be able to render you very valuable assistance. Should any correspondence of importance pass between that Gentleman and yourself you will forward certified copies of the same to this office.


I have the honor to be, Sir,
Your most obedient servant,
for the Chf. Protector,
Thomas Forsaith.

English (ATL)

Protectors Office,
Auckland,
Augt.22, 1844.


Sir,

In order to facilitate and simplify the duty you have to perform in obtaining the necessary definite information in order to the settlement of the Taranaki Land question. I have the honor to forward the enclosed forms, according to which you will have the goodness to condense the information you acquire.

Many difficulties will doubtless arise to discourage you, but a patient and persevering effort will remove every obstacle however formidable at first sight it may appear.

With reference to the price which those Natives who wish to sell may fix upon their lands, you must be prepared to hear all that they can urge in support of their claim, but at the same time to inform them that extravagant demands cannot be complied with but your own knowledge of the native character will suggest the propriety of making such matters a subject of private and mutual arrangement as the Natives cannot determine what is a fair and reasonable price for their Lands without such assistance.

I would also strongly recommend you to keep up frequent communication with Mr. Whiteley who may be able to render you very valuable assistance. Should any correspondence of importance pass between that Gentleman and yourself you will forward certified copies of the same to this office.


I have the honor to be, Sir,
Your most obedient servant,
for the Chf. Protector,
Thomas Forsaith.

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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