Object #1026672 from MS-Papers-0032-0193

4 pages written 17 Dec 1867 by James Busby in Auckland Region

From: Inward letters - William and James Busby, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0193 (15 digitised items). James Busby, Auckland, Waitangi, Wellington (15 letters); William Busby, Wellington & Eparaima (2 letters).

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under the Waste Lands regulations of the Province; and of this there seems little hope, as the Provincial Authorities have declined to take the Confiscated Lands subject to the claims upon them. I was induced to agree to the arbitration in the belief that I would be able to get a sheep run for my son at Poverty Bay - But must now look out for what it is possible to get out of the Lands remaining unsold by the Provincial Government - I have just heard that there is a block of land

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at or near Mokau on the West Coast which was purchased by you from the natives in 1858 - I was also told that it was grassy land and that the soil is good being of limestone formation - Will you favour me with the impressions which have been left on your memory in relation to these points - and the general advisability of making a selection there - I am told also that there is some land on the Piako which was purchased by Mr. Drummond Hay - of which they appear to know

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nothing at the Survey office Mr. Hay, as they say, never having furnished a map.

I am told that there is little chance of disposing of the Scrip even at a nominal rate - unless it should be available over Confiscated lands - And you will see the importance of my being able to exercise it over any block which may be brought into the market. I know you will kindly give me any information in your power relative to these block and any others you may know of - With best thanks for your kindness to me

I remain,
Yours very Truly
James Busby

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Private Auckland
17 Decr. 1867


My Dear Sir

Will you excuse me for troubling you relative to a matter on which it is of great importance to me to obtain reliable information which it is very difficult to get -

You are aware that I have no resource but to take whatever compensation the Arbitrators under the "Land Claims Arbitration Act 1867" may award me in Land Scrip of this Province - not exercisiable on the Confiscated Lands unless these lands should be disposed of under the Waste Lands regulations of the Province; and of this there seems little hope, as the Provincial Authorities have declined to take the Confiscated Lands subject to the claims upon them. I was induced to agree to the arbitration in the belief that I would be able to get a sheep run for my son at Poverty Bay - But must now look out for what it is possible to get out of the Lands remaining unsold by the Provincial Government - I have just heard that there is a block of land at or near Mokau on the West Coast which was purchased by you from the natives in 1858 - I was also told that it was grassy land and that the soil is good being of limestone formation - Will you favour me with the impressions which have been left on your memory in relation to these points - and the general advisability of making a selection there - I am told also that there is some land on the Piako which was purchased by Mr. Drummond Hay - of which they appear to know nothing at the Survey office Mr. Hay, as they say, never having furnished a map.

I am told that there is little chance of disposing of the Scrip even at a nominal rate - unless it should be available over Confiscated lands - And you will see the importance of my being able to exercise it over any block which may be brought into the market. I know you will kindly give me any information in your power relative to these block and any others you may know of - With best thanks for your kindness to me

I remain,
Yours very Truly
James Busby

Part of:
Inward letters - William and James Busby, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0193 (15 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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