Object #1011979 from MS-Papers-0032-0565

3 pages written 11 Mar 1857 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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Letter from W.N. Searancke, to Donald McLean Esq. dated 11th. March 1857. COPY. Private. Waiuku
11th. March 1857.

Dear Sir,

On account of the jealousy and differences of opinion among the natives, I have not, as yet, succeeded in getting them to accompany me and point out the boundaries of the different Blocks. Katipa and Aihepene both consent to my proposal to make one large square Block of land, from the South head of the Manukau (Potatau's land excepted), Southward to Matakawau. This would include all the land on which money has been paid; and also a large piece on which, as yet, there has been advances. I have made a complete survey of the whole of the outer boundaries to Manukau and the Coast; and am now waiting the arrival of some natives, whose consent is, I think, necessary, before I complete the survey. At the present time, it will not be advisable for you to come this way; as I have succeeded in getting a very good understanding with Te Katipa, Aihepene, and the Ngatitiata tribe generally. It is, as far as I can see, a most excellent Block of land; abundance of timber sprinkled about it in different parts; and the soil, (with the exception of a strip of about a mile and a half wide on the Manukau) very rich. If I succeed in getting the whole Block, as I expect, there will be about 20,000 acres. As soon as I have marked and surveyed the boundaries in the Interior, I shall take an opportunity of seeing you in Auckland, (in about a fortnight or three weeks.)

I am, dear Sir, Yours obliged, (Signed)
Will N. Searancke.

P.S. You will pardon my ignorance if I have made a mistake in writing privately instead of officially.

To:- D. Maclean Esq. Chief Commissioner 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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