Object #1007771 from MS-Papers-0032-0193
From: Inward letters - William and James Busby, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0193 (15 digitised items). James Busby, Auckland, Waitangi, Wellington (15 letters); William Busby, Wellington & Eparaima (2 letters).
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to expect that they will make a liberal award and be unanimous -
But unless I can be allowed to select a part of what may be allotted to me out of the Confiscated lands, I fear it will be difficult to obtain any land with an exchangeable value -
When I agreed to accept Scrip instead of a debenture, it was on the understanding that the confiscated lands would be disposed of under
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the Provincial Waste Lands Regulations as provided for in the "Confiscated Lands Act" - But the Provincial Govt. having declined to receive the Confiscated lands subject to the burdens upon them, this expectation was disappointed - Mr. Carleton has made a representation on the subject - as the promoter of the bill - And recommended that my request be granted that a piece of the Poverty Bay lands should be held in reservation for me subject to the contingency
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of the Assembly passing a Land Claims Arbitration Amendment Act if necessary, but I do not know what answer he has received or whether he has received any - My sons have such a high opinion of the Turanga lands for sheep that I am very desirous if possible of securing a portion of that land - thinking that I am at least as well entitled to it as the "friendly natives" who have a country of their own - and much better entitled than "the rebels who may
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come in" - for both of whom the Act makes provision that reserves may be made -
You were kind enough to say that you would have a chat with my sons on the subject - I fear that my youngest son would have left Napier before he had the opportunity of seeing you - as he was to go to Poverty Bay on the 28th and the eldest had returned thence some time before.
I did not find the officials very forward in
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giving me information about land - But it is probable that my son who knows Heaphy will have better success - The information contained in your note is most valuable - You are aware what Williamson's views are, as expressed in the Assembly - that my selection ought to be restricted to the "surplus lands" - So that as far as his influence extends I need
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not look for much furtherance of my wishes -
So very few persons have taken the trouble to read any of my pamphlets that I cannot but feel grateful for such an appreciationof them as you have shewn - Whether I have a complete set I am doubtful - but I shall have great pleasure in sending you what I have - Mrs. Burley who has recently joined me here begs her kind
Inward letters - William and James Busby, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0193 (15 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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