Object #1017204 from MS-Papers-0032-0221

4 pages written 22 Apr 1858 by William Colenso in Waitangi (Hawke's Bay) to Sir Donald McLean

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)

Waitangi
April 22, 1858


My dear McLean,

A few days ago I gave you the Nat. news; promising you a tracing of the Land I am getting laid out at Napier, which I now enclose. The tracing is rather rough, but correct; the Land will not be opened for sale for 2 or 3 weeks (depending on the Surveyor), so that if you care to have any of the best sections (1/4 all ac.), you will be in time. I consider the situation the best in the Island, while it is retired and in the heart of Town. And as I (and Dr. H. and others) wish it to be respectable, I have planned it so as to have no thoroughfare, and given for a belt of Trees, etc. "Banks" --- after Sir Jos. B. who came with Cook (and published (and indeed, brought out Draughtsmen with him at his own expence!) and "Hooker", after our N. Z. Flora Botanist --- a little stir was among the Natives last week; Hapuku heard ("from soldiers" travelling, that he was about to be attacked, and immediately all collected within their new pa, while K. and Renata, hearing that Hap. was coming to attack them, collected all their forces again at Pakiaka, and were preparing to march to Pakipaki there to lie in ambush, when Wi (Harawira Tatere's son) came down from Poukawa (accidentally), and stopped them by telling how things really were when they vented their Piri in a great deal of firing.

Two days ago I addressed the B. of Magistrates (granting Publican's Licenses) --- on the subject of selling to Natives, and, on that of the evils arising from the 2 gall. whole sale(!!) Ordinance: H. Russell and Col. Wyatt were on the Bench.

Believe me,
Yours truly,
W. Colenso

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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