Object #1014376 from MS-Papers-0032-0580

3 pages written 21 Sep 1862 by Stephenson Percy Smith to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Surnames, Smith, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0580 (30 digitised items). Correspondents:John Valentine Smith, Wellington & Wairarapa, 1851-1872 (22 letters); R W Smith (to Wilson), Wanganui, 1857 (1 letter); Richard Smith, Auckland, 1868 (1 letter); S Percy Smith, Taranaki, 1862-1872 (4 letters); Thomas Smith, Patea, 1868 (1 letter); Thomas Dillon Smith, Shakespeare Road, 1866 (1 letter)Contains correspondence to McLean from a number of people, dealing principally with the purchase and resale of Maori land and related issues; in particular, there are a number of letters from John Valentine Smith of Castlepoint (later Masterton) to McLean with regard to Maori land purchases and related difficulties, and to the disposition of Wairarapa Maori towards the Government and towards the Kingitanga

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Septr. 21st 1862

Dear Sir

With reference to the Block of land mentioned by Tikaokao, I am unfortunately unable to give you much information but, from the names in your letter, I make out that it lies to the north of the Mahakirau - and will be a long narrow strip of land, of what extent I cannot tell as I am unacquainted with some of the localities mentioned.

I have commenced the survey of Tahana Kerei's 4 Blocks all of which will be very small, but the soil of good quality. He has also told me of a large block, situated at Waikawau on the opposite Coast, which he is desirous of selling, if these four blocks are settled satisfactorily. Before I leave for Town, I will go over there and endeavour to get an estimate of the area and boundaries.

As the Government have sent me down £50 which will cover all the expenses of this trip, I think I had better repay you the £20, as if it had been a loan to me, it will save some trouble in the accounts and I will repay it to you upon my arrival in Town.

I hope to finish here in less than a fortnight, and unless I get any more instructions shall proceed to Town.

Believe me Dear Sir Yours very truly
S. Percy Smith

Part of:
Inward letters - Surnames, Smith, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0580 (30 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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