Object #1011065 from MS-Papers-0032-0228

4 pages written 30 Apr 1863 by George Sisson Cooper in Woodlands to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - George Sisson Cooper, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0228 (108 digitised items). 105 letters written from Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington. Contains correspondence between McLean and Cooper with regard to the purchase of Maori land in Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa in particular, and various complaints and issues that arose from the purchases; also contains information and discussions about the spread of the Pai Marire and Ringatu religions (again, with a particular focus on Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa), and about general Maori affairs. Includes draft letters from McLean to Cooper; letters from George's wife Ellen C Cooper, 1863-1872, and from Sarah Cooper (undated).

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Woodlands,
April 30th 1863


My dear McLean,

I will attend to Mr. Pehimana's letter when I go to Castle Point, though I hardly see my way clearly without a surveyor - besides, is it not in Mr. Commissr. Featherston's District?

I shd. have been there and back by this time, having started from Porangahau on the 8th but when I got

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halfway to Tautane was met by the news that Sutherland had gone to Wellington. The Natives have now promised to send up for me as soon as he returns.

I have heard the decision of the Executive privately from Ormond but am writing for an official answer from you. Weber's excuse about the diverged line going over hilly country is

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simply a mistake, not touse a plainer term. However it is settled now, and though I lose about a couple of hundred pounds by acting as directed by Mr. Gill, it is of course no use to say any more about it, and I won't.

I shall however when I have your official letter, apply for the right of pasturage over that part of the road wh. goes through my field

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so that I may erect gates across it, as the Russells, Newman, Williams and others have done. This is provided for by one of the Wellington Acts to wh. I have not now time to refer, but wh. I will quote in my application.

All quiet here and no news. I shall see you in a few days.


Faithfully yours
G. S. Cooper

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Woodlands,
April 30th 1863


My dear McLean,

I will attend to Mr. Pehimana's letter when I go to Castle Point, though I hardly see my way clearly without a surveyor - besides, is it not in Mr. Commissr. Featherston's District?

I shd. have been there and back by this time, having started from Porangahau on the 8th but when I got halfway to Tautane was met by the news that Sutherland had gone to Wellington. The Natives have now promised to send up for me as soon as he returns.

I have heard the decision of the Executive privately from Ormond but am writing for an official answer from you. Weber's excuse about the diverged line going over hilly country is simply a mistake, not touse a plainer term. However it is settled now, and though I lose about a couple of hundred pounds by acting as directed by Mr. Gill, it is of course no use to say any more about it, and I won't.

I shall however when I have your official letter, apply for the right of pasturage over that part of the road wh. goes through my field so that I may erect gates across it, as the Russells, Newman, Williams and others have done. This is provided for by one of the Wellington Acts to wh. I have not now time to refer, but wh. I will quote in my application.

All quiet here and no news. I shall see you in a few days.


Faithfully yours
G. S. Cooper

Part of:
Inward letters - George Sisson Cooper, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0228 (108 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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