Object #1007736 from MS-Papers-0032-0565
3 pages written 1 Nov 1858 by William Nicholas Searancke to Sir Donald McLean in Auckland Region
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
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
Novr. 1st 1858
You will see by my official that I have for the present failed in completing the purchase of the Hiriwanui's Land at Manawatu, he is most anxious that his Land should be surveyed, this I could not consent to, as that, I imagine would involve my making him acquainted with the quantity. I never saw the old saying of ''a little knowledge being a dangerous thing'' so thoroughly exemplified, as in the present negociations, I think it would assist me if you would write to the Hiriwanu on this subject, as he constantly refers to you as his authority for selling his land at so much per acre and demanding its survey he also expects to get better terms from you, in this he ought at least to be undeceived in justice to me and my position here. I believe that at the farthest this purchase is only delayed for a month or two. The other natives interested will not allow the sale of this Land to be stopped by any ''pakeke'' on the part of the Hiriwanu for any length of time. I have considered it best to leave Stewart to make a traverse of the boundaries and in the meanwhile I propose taking G. Smith to finish Kempthorne's survey at Ihurana and settle the price of that block. The Maori book of laws is at present in great request and the Natives generally anxious to get copies by purchase or otherwise I think it would be as well as they aremade for the public, that they should be in the reach of all indiscriminately (i. e.) to be bought in Wellington and Whanganui and elsewhere. I purpose trying to
carry on Ihakara's offerof land at the Awa hou in the course of a day or two I shall immediately on my return to Wellington repay to sub Treasurer advances made by me to Grindell and Smith on their salaries and I will report on Smith's surveys next week.
I have thought it better not to forward my official untill next mail as I have not yet seen Nepia and think it quite possible that some change may take place thro' his influence.
I am Dr. Sir,
Will N. Searancke
Donald McLean Esqre,
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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