Object #1009217 from MS-Papers-0032-0003

2 pages written 19 May 1849 by Sir Donald McLean in Wanganui

From: Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0003 (57 digitised items). Contains papers dealing with the purchase of Maori land; in particular, there are official papers about `Old Land Claims' (ie pre Treaty of Waitangi); there is also extensive correspondence about the purchase of land in the Rangitikei area from Ngati Apa, and a related dispute about ownership between Ngati Apa and Ngati Raukawa; there is also a letter from Henry Tiffin outlining the concerns of Wairarapa Maori about an invasion by Ngati Toa Also includes translation of a letter by the Ngati Toa outlining the boundaries of land ceded to the Crown in 1847.

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Letter from Donald McLean Esq., to the Honble the Colonial Secretary, acknowledging receipt of £1000 from Major Durie, dated May 19th. 1849.

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Wanganui
May 19th. 1849


Sir,

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letters of the 3rd. and 7th. insts., advising me of the shipment, per "Victoria" Brig, and subsequent transmission overland, by Inspector Durie, of the sum of One Thousand Pounds (£1000), as the first instalment for the Rangitiki purchase.

I am happy to state that the above amount was safely delivered to me on the 8th. inst. by Major Durie, who used every expedition and

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care in conveying it overland.

In counting the silver, I found one of the bags of £50 contained an extra guinea £1.1.0, which leaves that amount over and above the One Thousand Pounds.

I have the honor to remain


Sir,
Your most obedt. humble servt. (Signed)
Donald McLean
Inspector of Police.
The extra guinea belongs to the Treasury, and the Bags having been taken from Bank sealed up, the Treasurer taking the risk of deficiences.

(Signed) A. Dommett.

May 26th. 1849.

Mr. Dommett,

The sum had better be paid to the Treasury, but I do not know that it belongs to it as a matter of course; for I apprehend Mr. McDonagh received the money and gave a receipt to the Treasurer, which relieved the latter from responsibility, and so Major Durie, again Mr. McDonagh, and thus the amount and receipt passed through several hands without the sum being ever counted.

(Signed) G. Eyre.

English (ATL)


Letter from Donald McLean Esq., to the Honble the Colonial Secretary, acknowledging receipt of £1000 from Major Durie, dated May 19th. 1849.

COPY
Wanganui
May 19th. 1849


Sir,

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letters of the 3rd. and 7th. insts., advising me of the shipment, per "Victoria" Brig, and subsequent transmission overland, by Inspector Durie, of the sum of One Thousand Pounds (£1000), as the first instalment for the Rangitiki purchase.

I am happy to state that the above amount was safely delivered to me on the 8th. inst. by Major Durie, who used every expedition and care in conveying it overland.

In counting the silver, I found one of the bags of £50 contained an extra guinea £1.1.0, which leaves that amount over and above the One Thousand Pounds.

I have the honor to remain


Sir,
Your most obedt. humble servt. (Signed)
Donald McLean
Inspector of Police.
The extra guinea belongs to the Treasury, and the Bags having been taken from Bank sealed up, the Treasurer taking the risk of deficiences.

(Signed) A. Dommett.

May 26th. 1849.

Mr. Dommett,

The sum had better be paid to the Treasury, but I do not know that it belongs to it as a matter of course; for I apprehend Mr. McDonagh received the money and gave a receipt to the Treasurer, which relieved the latter from responsibility, and so Major Durie, again Mr. McDonagh, and thus the amount and receipt passed through several hands without the sum being ever counted.

(Signed) G. Eyre.

Part of:
Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0003 (57 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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