Object #1018238 from MS-Papers-0032-0640

3 pages written 27 May 1869 by Bishop William Williams in Napier City to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Bishop William Williams, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0640 (66 digitised items). 62 letters written from Turanga, Pahia, Auckland, Te Aute, Napier, Gisborne, Tauranga, Bay of Islands, Waerengahika (including list of buildings destroyed), Oropaoanui (Awapawanui), 1855-1876 and undated.Includes piece-level inventory of letters accessioned pre-1969

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May 27, 1869

My dear Mr. McLean

Mr. Domett in his note of April 17 says, ''The objection before Mr. Bell was made by the mother (Riria Te Mauharanui) of the half-caste son of Thomas Halbert, to the effect that the land was given for her child by the original owners''.

In answer to this I have to remark 1st That Rawiri Titirang the father of Riria was one of the principal promoters of the transferof the land from Thomas Halbert to myself, and expected that the land would be occupied by a son of mine who afterwards died. 2. No objection was ever mooted until after the marriage of Mr. Wyllie to a sister of Wi Pere, at whose instigation it was that the objection was raised. 3. There were others among the principal owners who upon the hearing of the case before Mr. Bell supported the objection of Riria. These natives all withdrew their objection subsequently and assisted in the survey, particularly Wi Haronga who was chief of the original owners of the land. 4. Mr. Biggs was appointed by the Government to enquire into this claim and certified that there is no longer any objection raised to my claim.

Believe me, My dear Sir Most truly yours
W. Waiapu
D. McLean Esq.

Part of:
Inward letters - Bishop William Williams, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0640 (66 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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