Object #1016058 from MS-Papers-0032-0565

3 pages written 12 May 1856 by William Nicholas Searancke in Waiuku to Sir Donald McLean

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 D. McLean Esq. dated 12th. May 1856. COPY Private. May 12th. 1856.

D. Maclean Esq. Principal Commissioner etc., etc.,
Dear Sir,

I have this morning arrived at Waiuku, in company with Arama Karaka. He has pointed out to me the boundaries of a Block of land on the lower side, or Westward of the Awaroa, covering an area of some (I imagine) three or four thousand acres of land, including several islands in the Waikato river, consisting of low swampy flax. I purpose immediately surveying the boundaries of the land adjoining the Awaroa, but will await instructions from you as regards the Islands, which will be a very troublesome and unpleasant task to survey; and I may also remark, will take considerable time.

I purpose as soon as this is finished, to proceed on to the Piako, and finish up all the different Blocks of land, before I go to Auckland.

I am, dear Sir, Yours to command, (Signed)
Will. N. Searancke. Waiuku.

P.S. You will oblige me by letting me know respecting the Islands, as to whether you require their being surveyed, or not.

To:- Donald McLean Esq.

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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