Object #1016549 from MS-Papers-0032-0003
From: Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0003 (57 digitised items). Contains papers dealing with the purchase of Maori land; in particular, there are official papers about `Old Land Claims' (ie pre Treaty of Waitangi); there is also extensive correspondence about the purchase of land in the Rangitikei area from Ngati Apa, and a related dispute about ownership between Ngati Apa and Ngati Raukawa; there is also a letter from Henry Tiffin outlining the concerns of Wairarapa Maori about an invasion by Ngati Toa Also includes translation of a letter by the Ngati Toa outlining the boundaries of land ceded to the Crown in 1847.
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Letter from Donald McLean, to the Honble, the Colonial Secretary dated 9th. November 1849. Relating to his being employed on the Wairarapa purchase.
9th. November 1849
In acknowledging the receipt on the 5th. instant, of your despatch of the 2nd, ultimo, I have the honor to state that the several letters and instructions therein, alluded to in reference to my being employed on the Wairarapa purchase, have not yet come to hand.
This, however, is accounted for, in your subsequent despatch of the 22nd, ultimo, which states that these letters are awaiting me at Mr. Duncan's, on the Manawatu.
The first intimation I received
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of the Wairarapa purchase being placed under my directions, was on the 22nd. ultimo, in a Note I was favoured with from His Excellency, the Lieutenant Governor.
I can assure you that it is my most anxious desire to resume the Manawatu negotiations, and undertake the Wairarapa purchase, as soon as possible; but I have felt the necessity of remaining here longer than I expected, from an accumulation of duties connected with Taranaki, that have, up to the present, demanded my constant attention; for instance, - I have had to settle several payments due for Blocks of land acquired from the natives since 1847, - to settle various differences throughout the district, some of them affecting the European settlement, - to encourage and countenance those natives favourable to the disposal of land; as their being overlooked might close up the field for future negotiations, - to keep up a general correspondence with the natives of this extensive district; and to arrange and leave such matters, as far as practicable, in such a settled state as would enable me
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on my return to the South, to give my undivided attention to the important negotiations there, with which I have the honor of being entrusted.
By the last Overland Mail from Auckland, I received intelligence that Sir George Grey would shortly arrive here; and as there are various important matters connected with land and other native affairs, at this settlement, which I am anxious to bring personally under Sir George's notice, I hope I may be permitted to remain, to avail myself of this opportunity to do so. Should I however, hear by next Saturday's mail, that the Governor-in-Chief's visit is likely to be in any way delayed, I will proceed on my journey to the Manawatu next week.
I have the honor to remain
Sir, Your most obedient servant, (Signed)
Inspector of Police. To:- The Honble, The Colonial Secretary.
Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0003 (57 digitised items)
Series 7 Official papers, Reference Number Series 7 Official papers (3737 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)
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