Object #1009694 from MS-Papers-0032-0565

2 pages written 19 Oct 1860 by William Nicholas Searancke to Sir Donald McLean in Ahuriri

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

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19th. October 1860.

My dear Sir,

As I am most anxious under the present very unsettled state of affairs to have all my matters compressed into as small a space as possible, feeling also that my tenure of office very uncertain from the strenuous efforts of my friends here to get rid of me, I shall feel particularly obliged if you would (being also deuced hard up) send me order or cheque for the £10 boot that I am to get with the Grey Horse, I have him still looking better than ever and have found him to be as you described him a really good horse. I have no fault to find with him. Tuke is down here but what he is at I do not know. Ormond also I hear arrived in town this morning - everything is excessively dull, not a shilling to be seen. If I get kicked out, will you have a vacancy for a shepherd or Cook.

Ever yours most truly.
Will N. Searancke.
D. McLean Esq., Ahuriri.

Part of:
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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