Object #1025000 from MS-Papers-0032-0581

3 pages written 13 Jul 1859 by Thomas Henry Smith to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Thomas Henry Smith, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0581 (69 digitised items). Letters written from Auckland, Maketu, on board SS Egmont off Napier; on board SS Lord Ashley off Napier, 1856-1872. Includes piece-level inventory, 1856-1866 (excludes letters from 1969 accession)

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My dear McLean

The mail per 'White Swan' instead of being open till 4 P.M. as advertised closes at 12 1/2 P.M. I have therefore barely time to give you the scratch of a pen -- By the official you will see that the £10,000 you ask for will be forthcoming -

I have to thank you for your private note of the 28th ult. and congratulate you on your successful operations -- The direct purchase move has died a natural death -- Action will probably be taken shortly by the Gen. Govt. which will have the effect of stopping effectually the mouths of these agitators -- But mum. What is to be done is not talked of out of doors. Your proposed regulations respecting trespass are not likely to be adopted -- too much like legalizing occupation of native lands -

The Governor was getting a little idgetty about your remaining so long at Hawkes Bay, people talking, etc. etc. - I presume while so good an opening continues for acquiring land you are right in securing it. I merely drop the hint privately.

It is proposed to send Cooper to the Middle Island to report on state of natives, reserves etc. it may be well to give him a hint of this that he may be prepared.

My mother is now with us again and enjoys much better health than in Wellington Turton has sent up a full report from Bay of Plenty -- Rogan like yourself -- buying land right and left -- Waikeri a Wera all but settled and paid for -- Kempthorne is back -- do you want him he has work for the present in preparing plans.

Only half the Kawakawa has been acquired about 18,000 -- but the better portion Marsh Brown holding out for a higher price but likely to come round --

No more at present
Your's very sincerely
Thos. H. Smith
July 13th 1859

Part of:
Inward letters - Thomas Henry Smith, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0581 (69 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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