Object #1023333 from MS-Papers-0032-0003

2 pages written 10 Mar 1849 by Sir Donald McLean in Rangitikei District

From: Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0003 (57 digitised items). Contains papers dealing with the purchase of Maori land; in particular, there are official papers about `Old Land Claims' (ie pre Treaty of Waitangi); there is also extensive correspondence about the purchase of land in the Rangitikei area from Ngati Apa, and a related dispute about ownership between Ngati Apa and Ngati Raukawa; there is also a letter from Henry Tiffin outlining the concerns of Wairarapa Maori about an invasion by Ngati Toa Also includes translation of a letter by the Ngati Toa outlining the boundaries of land ceded to the Crown in 1847.

A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.

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English (ATL)


Letter from Donald McLean, relating to his instructions to retain right of road through Native Reserves, dated 10th. March 1849.

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Rangitikei,
10th. March 1849


Sir,

I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 5th. inst., in which you remind me, by direction of His Excellency, the Lieut-Governor, "that in setting apart any tracts of lands as Reserves for the natives, either in the course of my present or any future negotiations for the purchase of land, it is of the highest importance that the power should be reserved to Government, of carrying any public roads through such Reserves, should the good of the community at any time require it.

Also that - the Natives at the time of purchase should, of course, be made distinctly to understand this condition."

In compliance with

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English (ATL)

these instructions, I beg to state that I shall give the natives a distinct understanding of the condition above noticed, inserting a clause in the Deed of Sale, by which the right of forming public roads through such tracts of land, so reserved for the natives shall be vested in the Government for the good of the community.

I have the honor, etc.

(Signed)
Donald McLean.

English (ATL)


Letter from Donald McLean, relating to his instructions to retain right of road through Native Reserves, dated 10th. March 1849.

COPY
Rangitikei,
10th. March 1849


Sir,

I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 5th. inst., in which you remind me, by direction of His Excellency, the Lieut-Governor, "that in setting apart any tracts of lands as Reserves for the natives, either in the course of my present or any future negotiations for the purchase of land, it is of the highest importance that the power should be reserved to Government, of carrying any public roads through such Reserves, should the good of the community at any time require it.

Also that - the Natives at the time of purchase should, of course, be made distinctly to understand this condition."

In compliance with these instructions, I beg to state that I shall give the natives a distinct understanding of the condition above noticed, inserting a clause in the Deed of Sale, by which the right of forming public roads through such tracts of land, so reserved for the natives shall be vested in the Government for the good of the community.

I have the honor, etc.

(Signed)
Donald McLean.

Part of:
Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0003 (57 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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