Object #1022621 from MS-Papers-0032-0565

3 pages written 2 Nov 1863 by William Nicholas Searancke in Whangarei to Sir Donald McLean in Napier City

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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English (ATL)

2nd November, /63


My dear McLean

I am only this day in receipt of your favour of the 13th ult. requesting me to forward a sum of £20 to Raniera, now I assure you that I never felt more annoyed (not at you) than when I read your letter. I was applied to in October 1862 for this money and on referring to my Bank account, find that a sum of £21.4.0 was forwarded by draft on Bank of N.S. Wales at Wellington to Mr. Wardell R.M. enclosed in letter to him requesting him to hand the same to Raniera without delay, and send me Raniera's-receipt for it this Mr. W. has not done and I have written to him on the subject also to Raniera by this Mail - I returned from Auckland on Saturday the 31st ult. and such a state of confusion, disorder it never was my luck to see before. A well snubbed Governor and no ministry tho my Friend Fox is hard at work trying to form one but the people are to a man opposed to him, fearful that he will only join Sir G. Grey to patch up a wretched peace. A vigorous prosecution of the war is the only cry now in Auckland.

Thank God we are still all quiet here to the north of Auckland and I think will continue so. If Fox comes in, of course I shall have to walk out, so if there is a vacancy in the Survey Dept. or anything in your part of the country to employ an idle man, I shall be happy to hear of it.

Expecting to have the pleasure of seeing you soon, I am,
Very faithfully yours,
Will N. Searancke
D. McLean, Esqre., etc. Napier.

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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