Object #1020189 from MS-Papers-0032-0002

4 pages written 9 Apr 1846 by Sandham Gillingham, John Newland, Sir George Grey, Richard Chilman, Rev Henry Hanson Turton, Sir Donald McLean and Francis Ullathorn Gledhill in New Plymouth District and Taranaki Region to New Plymouth District

From: Protector of Aborigines - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0002 (34 digitised items). Includes correspondence with George Clarke, Chief Protector of Aborigines and others relating to Maori affairs in the Taranaki and Wanganui area. Includes list of the principal chiefs of the Puketapu tribe (1845), many of whom had settled at the unoccupied Ngati Toa pa at Te Uruhi on the Kapiti Coast; a report by Rev. Skevington on a dispute between Taupo and Wanganui Maori; description of the boundaries of the small block including the town and suburbs of New Plymouth, 22 Nov 1844 and lists of expenses incurred by McLean carry out his official duties

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New Plymouth,

April 9th, 1846

To His Excellency, Captain Grey, Governor of New Zealand.


We the undersigned inhabitants of New Plymouth beg to express to your Excellency the favourable opinion we entertain as to the manner in which Mr. McLean has performed the duties of his Office during his residence amongst us as the Sub Protector of Aborigines for this District.

Without adverting to the Protectorate in general it is our belief that by his conciliatory conduct and strict impartiality, Mr. McLean has secured for himself individually the respect and friendly feelings of both races in this settlement nor are we aware that he has ever taken advantage of his influence with the natives, to excite them to act uncharitably or in an improper manner towards the European population on the contrary we believe that whilst acting in the spirit of justice towards the former, it has always been in connexion with a natural feeling of sympathy for the defenceless position of the latter.

Having heard that the Aboriginal Protectorate was to be finally abolished on the 31st of last month we consider it a matter of duty to Mr. McLean, that this our cordial opinion of his past services should be laid before your Excellency.

We have the honor to remain, Your Excellency's Obedient and Humble Servants To
His Excellency Governor Grey etc. etc. etc.
Henry King P.M. Geo. Aufield J.P. T. T. Wicksteed Res. Agt. of New Zealand Compy. & J.P. Wm. Bolland (Clergyman) T. Standish P. U. Gledhill Jas. Webster J.P. George St. George Edwin Harris Richard Chilman John Newland Thos. Davies Edwd. Dorsett Octavius Carrington John George Cooke J.P. S. Gillingham Robt. Gillingham Charles Hersthouse H. Hanson Turton
New Plymouth

June 18th. 1846.

My dear Sir,

I beg to forward for your perusal, the accompanying document, which is the copy of a letter forwarded to Governor Grey, from this place, on the 29th. of April.

With respect to the number of signatures attached to it, I have merely to say that they are as many as there was time and convenience to procure. Otherwise, I can assure you, there is not a gentleman in this settlement who would not have subscribed his name with the same readiness and cordiality as was manifested by those whose names appear. You will, therefore, I believe, do right to consider it as but a private expression of general feeliing.

I would have sent you the fore-going at an earlier period, had not your hasty departure for Wanganui prevented my doing so. Hoping that you will receive this as a sufficient excuse for my delay.

I beg to remain my dear Sir, Yours truly (Signed)
H. Hanson Turton.

Mission House. To:-
Donald McLean Esq.
New Ply mouth

Part of:
Protector of Aborigines - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0002 (34 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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