Object #1013478 from MS-Papers-0032-0575

4 pages written 22 Nov 1858 by Dr Andrew Sinclair in Coromandel to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Andrew Sinclair, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0575 (17 digitised items). 17 letters from the nephew of Dr Andrew Sinclair, written from Whangarei, Coromandel, Sydney and Hobson's Bay, Auckland, 1857-1870 and undated

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Letter from Andrew Sinclair, to Donald McLean Esq. dated 22nd. November 1858

COPY Coromandel

22nd. November 1858

My dear Mr. McLean,

I have been anxiously waiting your arrival for the last ten days; and I hope by the time this reaches you, you will be ready to come. Had it not been that you were daily expected, I would, before this time, have reported to you that I had nothing to do, and requested further instructions.

Since my arrival here, I attempted the Survey of a Block, which I estimated to contain 25 acres, a portion of which is occupied by a black man named Morris, but failed, on account of opposition from Pita's party. The owner, Te Arakuri, offered me £5 for the work I had done, and requested me to discontinue the survey; which I thought it advisable to do under the circumstances. But I strenously opposed his desire to compensate the Government for the work which had been done. I have also surveyed a Block containing 255 acres, and traversed the frontage of Webster's claim, which contains about 156 acres. I am now engaged with the survey of a Block which contains eight or nine acres, which will probably be finished to-morrow. Mr. Preece, the bearer of this letter, will be able to give you a correct account of the progress of Land Purchases in this district. As far as my penetration extends, there appear to be three blocks under negotiation, -- two small ones at Kikowakarere, and a very large one at Mercury Bay. But I believe the latter requires your personal investigation.

The natives are anxious for you to come down. They talk of selling a great deal of land when you come. But where it lies, I am not aware, and I thought it better not to ask them, lest they might think I wanted to destroy the influence of Mr. Preece, by encroaching upon duties which properly belong to him.

I have prepared two plans of the Block which I have completed, -- one on a small scale, shewing its connection with the Township hill, and the South end of the Island; and the other on a large scale, shewing the traversed lines, and giving their bearings and distances; which I shall forward on some future occasion for the information of the Government.

Hoping to see you soon.
Yours most sincerely (Signed)
Andrew Sinclair.
To:- Donald McLean Esq.

Part of:
Inward letters - Andrew Sinclair, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0575 (17 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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