Object #1018378 from MS-Papers-0032-0581

9 pages written 1 Jun 1859 by Thomas Henry Smith in Auckland Region to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Thomas Henry Smith, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0581 (69 digitised items). Letters written from Auckland, Maketu, on board SS Egmont off Napier; on board SS Lord Ashley off Napier, 1856-1872. Includes piece-level inventory, 1856-1866 (excludes letters from 1969 accession)

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Auckland

June 1st. 1859.



My dear McLean,

Rogan tells me he has written you fully giving you all the news, indoors and out - a few lines from me will therefore suffice. I was much disappointed that you did not return with the Governor, though only for a short stay, as there are many matters over which I hoped to chat with you. The Governor seems to have derived much pleasure and benefit to his health from his southern tour. The visit to Manawatu and Whanganui was made just at the right time. A month sooner or a month later apparently it would have been far less satisfactory. You do not say a word about when we may hope to see the light of your countenance and the Governor tells me there are so many questions waiting your magic presence on the West coast that there seems small prospect of our seeing you for some time to come. Perhaps we had better get up a little 'difficulty' here in order to bring you to the rescue. How about the Kaipara question? The return of His Excellency will set the Uri o hau all agog - but I think I cannot do better than follow your lead and play for a little more time. The winter is not a suitable time for bringing the Natives away from their homes but summer will be here by and bye and Te Makarini, and then etc. etc. There is likely to be some stir about the offer of land made by Nero some months since. The Provincial people are moving in the matter the Superintendent has been to Whaingaroa and says he has been informed that there is no longer any opposition to the sale of this land by parties having just claims. The Governor says, if the rightful owners are agreed to sell why not go on even at the risk of a collision with the king party and anti land sellers. My view is this - though the parties offering the land may be the real owners and the opponents having just claims are in the minority that under ordinary circumstances their ultimate acquiescence might be safely calculated on, yet having the support of a large party who are pledged to prevent further acquisition of land, especially in the Waikato, it is not desirable for the present to treat with Nero's people for this land, and it is convenient to be able to give as a reason that all the claimants are not agreed. This I undertake to show from letters in the office - but I cannot put the matter in as strong a light as you could do from your knowledge of the parties concerned, their connections and claims. One thing at all events is clear to me and that is that it would be madness to send a surveyor to the Waipa to survey the land offered. If we are to come into collision with the disaffected party I hope it will not be on a question of acquiring territory. At the same time I am for most plainly telling the anti land sellers that no heed whatever will be given to the prohibitors of their runangas, as such. There is little doubt, however, that if we refuse to recognise them as having the right to dictate in the matter of land selling they will find means to carry their point another way by bringing forward real claimants to protest against the sale, and, for the present, as far as the Waikato is concerned, it will be wise to abstain from pushing the question of acquisition of territory. The Kawa kawa block turns out to be 46,000 instead of 30,000 as first reported. I am expecting to hear that the money has been paid the negotiations concluded. Kempthorne is at Mangonui surveying two blocks - will have finished in a month - and, unless, you find work for him in the south, I suppose his engagement will cease. Richmond is all for retrenchment and remembers that Kempthornes engagement was only for one year. John White writes from Hokianga that Tamati Waka and other chiefs have offered a block estimated at 17,000(?) acres, between Mawhe and Hokianga.

Carleton is in the field against the Native department. The X of the 24th. contained an article characterized more by ill feeling than ability which will do us little harm. Busby comes forward as our apologist. The Governor is annoyed by these things and thinks they should be answered.

June 3.

By the officials we send you will see that you have it all your own way. Ta te Makarini pai! So you have only to scatter the 'bawbees' and gather laurels for your self while doing so. The question of whether the Govr. has the power to prescribe terms of purchase is still an open one but Ministers would by Act of Assembly give the power to carry into effect any arrangement for securing reserves to the Natives in the block between Manawatu and Otaki. Of course the faith of the Govt. would be kept without reference to charges of administration.

Rogan is off today for the Waikou a Wera with old Kiri who is smiles and graciousness. I do not know how you will settle the Omaha question with him. He has been here about it once since you left and we had tilt together - the old gentleman I fancy getting a little the worst of it,

I shall be glad of any jottings of news for the Maori Messenger - the article about the reserves will appear in our next issue also the Ngatiraukawa address to the Governor I wish you could have sent me a sketch no matter how brief, of the progress to Whanganui and back - in which the address might have been brought in. I must get Steward to supply dates etc.

I purposed calling to see your little boy this morning a long way into town but was overtaken by the rain and compelled to push on, I have been suffering so severely from rheumatism and lameness for some days past that I can scarcely crawl about and greatly dread the damp.

I cannot tell how to manage about the proclamation of the Bank's Peninsula land. There are no boundaries recited. We shall have to patch up something, I suppose. The Governor has now power to delay the coming operation of any proclamation of this kind it being simply an announcement of the extinction of native title - but it is proposed to meet the difficulty by waiting to the Superintendent before hand to inform him that at such a date the land will be proclaimed.

You will see the despatch about the Waste Lands Act 1858. It is amusing to see how differently it is read by the editors of the New Zealander and Southern Cross - but of course you see the papers where you are. Busby's defence of our department appeared in the N.Z. of the 1st. I shall hope to hear from you from Napier. Surely you will find a little leisure to drop a few hints on native matters general particular. The appointment of another native district is talked of. All north of the Bay of Islands district and to make White Circuit Magistrate adding £50 to his salary. I see no onjection. Clendon has sent in his first report - not very full but satisfactory - recommends court houses at Heads Point Hokianga, Te Ti Bay of Islds., Te Waimate and Kawakawa. No news from Turton, except private - visit to Coromandel very satisfactory.

A Dr. Topp of Waiuku has applied from the appointment of medical attendant at Waiuku - which I have recommended and a salary of £50. A Mr. Trimnell has been appointed for Mangonui at a salary of £100, Dr. Stratford's son applied for it but not being a M.R.E.S. Mr. Trimnells qualifications were considered superior, he being a M.R.C.S.

Hira Apihai is pestering the office about a claim of himself and people to land at Taurarua (Judges Bay) which he asserts was never sold to the Govt. He you promised to go and look at the boundary. It is absurd bring forward these claims to land which has been occupied nearly 20 years by Europeans - but I presume not easy to prove the acquisition of the land. I have been fighting Master Hira off - if you were here you

(Unifinished - in the handwriting of Thos. H. Smith.)

Part of:
Inward letters - Thomas Henry Smith, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0581 (69 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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