Object #1013641 from MS-Papers-0032-0221

2 pages written 13 Mar 1855 by Sir Donald McLean in Ahuriri to William Colenso

From: Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0221 (43 digitised items). 45 letters written from Church Mission Station, Waitangi (Hawke's Bay), Waipukurau & Napier, 1850-1865. Includes letters in Maori, and letters from McLean to Colenso. Also memoranda of a conversation which took place between Rev H Williams and Colenso on 10 Aug 1839. Maori correspondents include Wiremu Tipuna; Hori Niania; Te Hapuku, Hinepaketia, Ani Te Patukaikino, Hoani & Hori.

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English (ATL)

March 13th, 1855.


I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 10th instant, and to thank you for the information which it contains, in reference to the proprietorship of land in this District, and the changes that have taken place owing to the death of te Hapuku's son Cranmer.

From your long residence in the Ahuriri District, and general knowledge of the rights and claims of the various tribes inhabiting it, and of the several feuds and differences that have periodically occurred amongst them in reference to their land claims, I shall at all times feel much obliged by reference to such claims, and I should be glad if you could furnish me with any proposition of your own, as to the best means of adjusting such a difference in reference to their land as now exists between te Moananui and te Hapuku.

In the meantime, and before adopting any steps in reference to the land in dispute, I shall fully consider the various points brought forward in your letter; and do my utmost to prevent, as far as in my power, the jealousy, excitement and ill-feeling that at present exists between the abovenamed Chiefs.

I have the honor to be, Sir,
Your most obedient, humble servant,
Donald McLean,
Land Commissioner. Wm. Colenso, Esqre.

Part of:
Inward letters - William Colenso, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0221 (43 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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