Object #1024618 from MS-Papers-0032-0009

4 pages written 8 Mar 1859 by Sir Thomas Robert Gore Browne, Henry Halse and Sir Donald McLean in Taranaki Region

From: Secretary, Native Department - Administration of native affairs, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0009 (20 digitised items). Included in this folder is a paper by McLean that his biographer, Ray Fargher, describes as McLean's 'only comprehensive statement on land purchase policy'.The folder also includes information about the battle of Te Kuititanga, 1839.

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English (ATL)

Letter from Tamati Wiremu
to His Excellency, the Governor, dated March 7th. 1859.

COPY Taranaki Poutoko

March 7th. 1859.

Friend, the Governor,

Salutations. I am pleased to hear of your arrival in this district, to see the Maoris and the Europeans.

Friend, the Governor, your visit to New Plymouth is very gratifying to us. Salutations to you, Oh Governor of New Zealand. Thank you, Oh, Governor.

The Governor,

Friend,the Governor,

I have a word to say to you. You have visited New Plymouth, and I have seen you. This is what I have to say to you, that you will now be pleased to accept my resignation as a Native Assessor. I am pleased with the duties, but everything rests with you. If you consent, it will be well. Enough of this subject.

Let Mr. McLean make known my resignation to the people. When they meet him next Wednesday they may know whether the Governor refuses to agree to this proposal of mine. At the same time make my wishes known to them. Do not trouble yourself about my motive in resigning. Friend, should my request be granted, I shall not abandon your just laws lately circulated amongst us, a copy of which I have. I shall not forget your good works, but shall ever look to you for advice for myself, for the Maoris, and for the Europeans.

Salutations, Oh Governor of New Zealand.


From your friend, (Signed)
Tamati Wiremu.
A true translation. (Signed)
H. Halse
March 8th. 1859.

Part of:
Secretary, Native Department - Administration of native affairs, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0009 (20 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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