Object #1021322 from MS-Papers-0032-0004

3 pages written 14 Mar 1853 by Sir Donald McLean in Wellington City to James Grindell

From: Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0004 (36 digitised items). Contains letters to and from McLean with regard to the business of purchasing of Maori land in Taranaki, Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa and elsewhere; also contains details of various purchases and related business

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Land Commissioners Office Wellington
14 March 1853.


Sir,

I have received your letter of the 25 ult. respecting the occupation of a piece of land claimed by Te Nahu as a desirable place the position of which you describe for the storage of the settlers wool at Ahuriri.

I shall be glad to give any assistance I can towards carrying out your wishes as the object you have in view would be beneficial to the settlers generally but of course as no permission to squat on Native lands can be granted it would be necessary that the Govt. should in the first

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place purchase the land you require and then it might be transferred to you on such reasonable terms as could be hereafter agreed upon.

With reference to the latter part of you letter requesting a written permission to squat; I have to inform you that the authorities here cannot grant such a permission on Native lands, until they are ceded to the Crown, as such a proceeding would be a direct violation of the "Native Land Purchase Ordinance Sess. 7. No. 19" --- and bearing in mind the necessity of your undertaking I shall endeavour to assist you in effecting some arrangement when I next visit Ahuriri.

I have the honor to be Sir,
Your most obt. servant,
Donald McLean.
Land Commissioner. Mr. J. Grindell.

English (ATL)

Land Commissioners Office Wellington
14 March 1853.


Sir,

I have received your letter of the 25 ult. respecting the occupation of a piece of land claimed by Te Nahu as a desirable place the position of which you describe for the storage of the settlers wool at Ahuriri.

I shall be glad to give any assistance I can towards carrying out your wishes as the object you have in view would be beneficial to the settlers generally but of course as no permission to squat on Native lands can be granted it would be necessary that the Govt. should in the first place purchase the land you require and then it might be transferred to you on such reasonable terms as could be hereafter agreed upon.

With reference to the latter part of you letter requesting a written permission to squat; I have to inform you that the authorities here cannot grant such a permission on Native lands, until they are ceded to the Crown, as such a proceeding would be a direct violation of the "Native Land Purchase Ordinance Sess. 7. No. 19" --- and bearing in mind the necessity of your undertaking I shall endeavour to assist you in effecting some arrangement when I next visit Ahuriri.

I have the honor to be Sir,
Your most obt. servant,
Donald McLean.
Land Commissioner. Mr. J. Grindell.

Part of:
Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0004 (36 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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