Object #1012386 from MS-Papers-0032-0003

3 pages written 17 Mar 1849 by Sir Donald McLean in Rangitikei District to Wellington

From: Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0003 (57 digitised items). Contains papers dealing with the purchase of Maori land; in particular, there are official papers about `Old Land Claims' (ie pre Treaty of Waitangi); there is also extensive correspondence about the purchase of land in the Rangitikei area from Ngati Apa, and a related dispute about ownership between Ngati Apa and Ngati Raukawa; there is also a letter from Henry Tiffin outlining the concerns of Wairarapa Maori about an invasion by Ngati Toa Also includes translation of a letter by the Ngati Toa outlining the boundaries of land ceded to the Crown in 1847.

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English (ATL)

Letter from Donald McLean, to the Hon. the Colonial Secretary, dated 17th. March 1849. COPY Rangitikei
17th. March 1849


My dear Sir,

Mr. Thomas and Ormond have been here with me during the Meeting; which, consisting the animosity existing between the tribes on the Coast, respecting land, and the opposition manifested by a great many to the sale of any, has ended favourably.

Mr. Thomas and Ormond go on to Wanganui, and intend getting back to Wellington by the end of next week.

If there is any difficulty in procuring surveyors at

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Wellington, I could procure one from New Plymouth in a very short time, whose services might be required on the Manawatu survey, after this is finished.

I remain,


my dear Sir,
Yours very truly (Signed)
Donald McLean.
To:- The Honble, The Colonial Secretary Wellington.

I only know of one Surveyor in Wellington, who has not got employment, - Mr. Drake. I have known him as a Surveyor for some years, and think he is competent to the work.

(Signed) A. Domett. 19th. March 1849.

English (ATL)

Letter from Donald McLean, to the Hon. the Colonial Secretary, dated 17th. March 1849. COPY Rangitikei
17th. March 1849


My dear Sir,

Mr. Thomas and Ormond have been here with me during the Meeting; which, consisting the animosity existing between the tribes on the Coast, respecting land, and the opposition manifested by a great many to the sale of any, has ended favourably.

Mr. Thomas and Ormond go on to Wanganui, and intend getting back to Wellington by the end of next week.

If there is any difficulty in procuring surveyors at Wellington, I could procure one from New Plymouth in a very short time, whose services might be required on the Manawatu survey, after this is finished.

I remain,


my dear Sir,
Yours very truly (Signed)
Donald McLean.
To:- The Honble, The Colonial Secretary Wellington.

I only know of one Surveyor in Wellington, who has not got employment, - Mr. Drake. I have known him as a Surveyor for some years, and think he is competent to the work.

(Signed) A. Domett. 19th. March 1849.

Part of:
Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0003 (57 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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