Object #1010194 from MS-Papers-0032-0723

2 pages written 21 Mar 1859 by Sir Donald McLean in Wellington

From: Outward drafts and fragments, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0723 (49 digitised items). Names of identified correspondents entered in Name Field.Includes draft reply to letter regarding the Hawke's Bay Province superintendancy, 12 Jan 1859; misfiled letters written in 1851 to his aunt Annabella McLean; letter re Mr Schnackenberg (Resident missionary) and settlers at Kawhia, Apr 1860; list of Maori names, ca 1860 (written in pencil);

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21st March 59

My dear Sir,

I have to state in reply to your letter of yesterday that I require Mr. Riddiford to desist from paying any rent to the Natives for his land leased from them at Orongorongo, as I was in treaty with them to purchase it for the Govt.

The Native title has not been extinguished as provided for by the 6 clause of the Native reserves Act 56 nor do I consider the land in question as under the jurisdiction of the Commissioners of Native reserve until the Native owners have unanimously agreed to convey it for the purposes of the said Act.

I would advise that this question should be postponed until the conflicting rights of the Natives over the land are adjusted.

I remain, My dear Sir,
Yours truly,
Donald McLean

Part of:
Outward drafts and fragments, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0723 (49 digitised items)
Series 4 Drafts and fragments of outwards letters, Reference Number Series 4 Drafts and fragments of outwards letters (889 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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