Object #1010693 from MS-Papers-0032-0565

3 pages written by William Nicholas Searancke in Waiuku to Sir Donald McLean in Auckland Region

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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English (ATL)

, March 16th.

My dear Sir,

The Katipa still lingers on, he is a very skeleton, not able to eat or move I go to see him each day, expecting it to be a last, he cannot last much longer, in fact I am continually listening to hear the Guns firing to announce his death, Heta who died at Awhitu last Saturday was brought here last Thursday (I mean to Maraeirohia) where the Katipa is lingering out his last moments Heta was buried today and certainly not before it was necessary judging by the tainted air. Tamati Ngapora and Aihepene arrived back from Ngaruawahia yesterday (Friday) I do not know what their opinions were before they went, but if they were favourable to the Govt. I very much fear, that instead of converting, they have themselves been converted by the King's party. Under existing circumstances I am quite unable to do anything towards settling the Land question, but must quietly bide my time till the Katipa leaves this world for a better I forgot to tell you that he recognises me whenever I go to see him, his eyes brighten up and he makes a noise trying to talk and it sounds to me very much as if he were asking for money. Quantities of wheat etc. are pouring into Waiuku from the Ngatihaua, and Waipa Natives to purchase supplies of clothing preparatory for the Winter campaign and also taking away large sums of money with which to purchase Powder etc. at Tauranga they inform me that as soon as they have got their crops in Wheat Potatoes etc., the whole of the Rangiawhia Natives headed by Te Taati (son of Kingi Hori and a brother in law of a correspondent of yours Reihana te Huatari) and also all the Waipa Natives will proceed to Taranaki, this is what the Natives tell me, I do not guarantee the truth of it, but it likely enough.

I am, Very truly yours,
Will N. Searancke
. D. McLean, Esqre. Auckland.

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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