Object #1010584 from MS-Papers-0032-0010

2 pages written 1 Dec 1860 by Sir Donald McLean

From: Secretary, Native Department - Administration of native affairs, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0010 (29 digitised items). Includes papers relating to the activites of Ngati Toa and its allies along the Kapiti Coast at Wainui, Whareroa, Te Uruhi, Waikanae, Otaki, Ohau, and Porouatawhao ca 1860. This was a period when the colonial settlers at Wellington thought themselves to be under imminent attack by Ngati Toa and others. Wi Tako Ngatata's activities were under suspicion as well (ie Wi Tako left the Hutt Valley with a mounted escort of sixty seven well-armed men from Waikanae and Whareroa).

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English (ATL)

My Dear Sir,

I regret very much that I cannot meet your views with reference to a seat in the Native Council.

I have considered the matter fully and the more I look into it the more I feel that the measure provides for nothing but a few salaried officers. Had the act contained a single clause which could lead to the hope that something should now be done for the natives, nothing would delight me more than to become a member of council to help in devising and carrying into practical effect, measures for their social advancement.

I shall feel obliged to your Excellency if you will transmit my letter of the 8 ult: in reference to the transfer of Native affairs as an enclosure to your own despatcheson the subject by this mail -- I have sent your a letterabout Hadfield's written from dictation. I had not time nor inclination having a most disagreable pain in the face to correct it.

I remain My dear Sir,
Yours Faithfully,
Donald McLean
Saturday Decr. 1, 1860

Part of:
Secretary, Native Department - Administration of native affairs, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0010 (29 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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