Object #1023890 from MS-Papers-0032-0003

4 pages written 1 May 1849 by Edward John Eyre and Sir Donald McLean in Wanganui to Alfred Domett

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.

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Letter from Donald McLean, to the Honble, the Colonial Secretary, relating to the first instalment of Rangitikei purchase, dated 1st. May 1849.

COPY.
Wanganui
1st. May 1849


Sir,

Referring to that portion of the fourth paragraph of your letter of 25th. ult., in which the gentleman acting on behalf of the Principal Agent of the New Zealand Company, expresses a desire that the sum to be paid immediately for the Rangitikei district should be somewhat less than One Thousand

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pounds, but at the same time stating that if necessary, he would be prepared to provide that amount, -

I have the honor to state that, after maturely considering the subject in its various bearings, the conclusion I arrive at is that a less sum could not be judiciously offered to the Ngatiapas as a first instalment for their claims.

I am happy to find His Excellency favourably entertains the reasons I have already adduced for requiring such a large sum at once. In addition

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to these reasons, and I should add that the Ngatiapas intend distributing among Chiefs not immediately connected with the tribe, some portions of the first instalment, in order to secure the acquiesence of those Chiefs to the disposal of their lands.

I have therefore applied to the Acting Agent of the New Zealand Company to favor me at his earliest convenience with the amount of One Thousand pounds, as the first instalment.

I have the honor to remain,


Sir, Your most obedient humble servant, (Signed)
Donald McLean,
Inspector of Police. To:- The Honble. The Colonial Secretary, Wellington,

English (ATL)


Letter from Donald McLean, to the Honble, the Colonial Secretary, relating to the first instalment of Rangitikei purchase, dated 1st. May 1849.

COPY.
Wanganui
1st. May 1849


Sir,

Referring to that portion of the fourth paragraph of your letter of 25th. ult., in which the gentleman acting on behalf of the Principal Agent of the New Zealand Company, expresses a desire that the sum to be paid immediately for the Rangitikei district should be somewhat less than One Thousand pounds, but at the same time stating that if necessary, he would be prepared to provide that amount, -

I have the honor to state that, after maturely considering the subject in its various bearings, the conclusion I arrive at is that a less sum could not be judiciously offered to the Ngatiapas as a first instalment for their claims.

I am happy to find His Excellency favourably entertains the reasons I have already adduced for requiring such a large sum at once. In addition to these reasons, and I should add that the Ngatiapas intend distributing among Chiefs not immediately connected with the tribe, some portions of the first instalment, in order to secure the acquiesence of those Chiefs to the disposal of their lands.

I have therefore applied to the Acting Agent of the New Zealand Company to favor me at his earliest convenience with the amount of One Thousand pounds, as the first instalment.

I have the honor to remain,


Sir, Your most obedient humble servant, (Signed)
Donald McLean,
Inspector of Police. To:- The Honble. The Colonial Secretary, Wellington,

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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