Object #1021571 from MS-Papers-0032-0565

2 pages written 9 May 1861 by William Nicholas Searancke to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - W N Searancke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0565 (58 digitised items). 60 letters written from Waiuku, Ahuriri, Waipa, Auckland, Awhitu, Wellington, Masterton, Wairarapa, Otaki, Manawatu, Tuaranganui, Te Purupuru, Greytown, Rangitikei, Waikato, Whangarei, Ngaruawhaia. Includes piece-level inventory (1969 accessions not added). Contains letters from Searancke to McLean with regard to the purchase of Maori land in the lower North Island in the 1850s and 1860s, in Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu; the letters also contain information about disputes that arose from the sales among Maori and between Maori and the Government; there is also information about the disposition of Maori, and their attitudes towards the King Movement, in these areas during the New Zealand wars of the early 1860s There are also some letters about Searancke's work in the Waikato district as a resident magistrate, with information about his observations of the Kingitanga

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9th May, 1861.

My dear Sir,

I have not time to write you officially any more, for I have only been in bed two hours last night. I have seen a Native from Waipa and Wiremu Kingi is to be there today certain, he is escorted by all the Principal Ngatimaniapoto Chiefs, Hikaka Anatipa Tuhoro, Tikaka and nearly I believe quite 200 men, altogether at Ngaruawahia at the meeting to take place there will not be less than 1,000 Fighting men collected together. Knowing this and how little will sometimes excite a Native especially when collected together in large bodies it will be necessary for us to be on our guard.

Let me know if I am to remain in the neighbourhood of Ngaruawahia at the time of the meeting. I may in its neighbourhood hear what is going on, but leave it to you to say what I had better do.

Yours in haste,
Will N.Searancke
. D.McLean, Esqre.
I am now starting for Matamata.

Part of:
Inward letters - W N Searancke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0565 (58 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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