Object #1016194 from MS-Papers-0032-0565

4 pages written 19 Jul 1859 by William Nicholas Searancke in Wellington to Sir Donald McLean in Napier City

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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English (ATL)

Wellington

19th July 1859



Dr Sir,

I have got a large number of papers etc. etc. for you here I proposed previously to seeing Tiffin who arrived here in the W. Swan on Saturday night last to have forwarded them on to Napier, his informing me that you were to start this day on your journey southwards has decided me to retain them the more than one report says that you travel south via Wairarapa another that you purpose coming thro the 40 mile bush, either road at this time you will find rather unpleasantly muddy and rivery deep I have been detained for the last week by incessant rain and purposed starting today or tomorrow if fine for Waikanae to make the survey and complete the purchase of that block at once. Stewarts leaves tomorrow (if fine) for Manawatu to make the survey of the Awa hou purchase, his plan is as far finished as practicable at present and the block containing I may say about 240,000 acres, I have written to the Hirawanui to know whether he would like to see me about the block or not. Fraser has almost completed the plan of the Tupurupuru block this when completed will also be ready for proclamation I purpose getting him to the head of the valley to make surveys of blocks and reserves in that District, I do trust by the summer to get surveys a little straight.

I wrote to you privately a week ago and trust that you have received it and that I shall hear from you in answer.

I expect to be if the weather clears up not more than three weeks at Waikanae where I hope to hear from you if you purpose coming thro the Wairarapa had I not better meet you there. I see Mr. Strang occasionally and do not think he is looking so well as he might but perhaps he is affected by the weather. Dr. Buck surgeon at the Hutt committed suicide yesterday morn by cutting his throat with an amputating knife, instantaneous death was the result. He had been in a morbid state since his return from Napier where he went for his health rather shaken by a touch of D. T. every thing very dull here.


Yours very truly,
Will N. Searancke
D. McLean Esqre, NAPIER.

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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