Object #1026840 from MS-Papers-0032-0001
5 pages written 6 Jul 1848 by an unknown author in Wanganui
From: Protector of Aborigines - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0001 (21 digitised items). Memos and correspondence with George Clarke, the Chief Protector of Aborigines, including draft reports by McLean on his meetings with Maori relating to disputes and negotiations over land.Also includes translation of a letter (1844) from Te Wherowhero to the Taranaki chiefs urging them not to follow Te Rauparaha's example of confrontation refering to the Wairau conflict (1839) and notes of a meeting between Ngamotu Maori and McLean, 27 Sep 1844.
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Some time ago the Natives and Eurpns. came down to purche. this place - When they heard what the Kapita Natives had to say, they then agreed to sell the Land here.
Those Chiefs residing here abt. 10 of them came from Waikato sold all the Land of those who remained at Waikato.
I do not exactly know who sold it, but when I hear of it I came over to see about the matter.
When I came Puketapo and the Europns. had gone awa again and had not formed any Settlemt. I came and resided at Pukitapu and then I quarrelled with the Natives who sold my share.
I remained here abt. 2 years when the Eurpns. first arrived - Surveyed the Land - the Natives asked them what they were doing - answered only seeing what Land the tribes had here - I went back to Waike. meantime the Europn. Surveyors burnt down my House and everything abt. it - When the settlers were here was not burnt by the settlers now on
When I came back I found House burnt and my plantatns. taken by John Hogan? I began to put in potatoes I told the Europns. who arrived to go off - to leave me to cultivate my Land - If they left me in Peace I wd. leave them - A European came to my plantation marked out a piece of Land and sd. you may have this side and I will have that - This Land has now been sold to another Europn. (Qn. who?)
I put in my potatoes at Puketapa and some Europns. Resided 3 Brothers - 4 Men - Mr. Bailey etc. when I went to them I set fire to some toitoi sheds - they had 3 guns - I had one not
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loaded - I suppose to threaten me - The Europn. came to Mr.Wickstd. I told him I wd. not go off that Land - that the Europeans must go on the Land that had been sold - Mr.W. asked me what business I had to set their Houses on fire - I said that the tents that came from Engld. I did not burn but that which grew in the Country I burnt - Mr.W. asked me, Wont you allow the European to stop here - I answerd. No my head shall be cut off first - Mr.W. said You had better leave it till the Govr. comes here and then I left the Land (abt. 2 yrs. ago)
The Europns. had not then began to annoy the Natives they had only then burnt my House down to settle on the Land.
The Europns. took the potatoes I put in - they took all and killed 2 pigs I had running abt. there - I came to Capt.King to see and have it settled - I was not able to settle last Summer I had 4 Crops of potatoes eaten off by Cattle - My hear then began to get dark - I went to the Europn. I asked him Why - drive his Cattle on your own Land. You have large pieces I have a small - but he sd. No you shall go to Capt.Kings black Hole (prison) I sd. I shall have nothing to eat in the Winter but was told never mind.
We then waited until Mr.Spain came we think his decision was not right - he sd. the Europn. were to have 40 acres and we 10.
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Arrangemt. made was one in ten - The person selling having in the first place sold the whole out of this 1/10 was to be put aside for their benefit. It was not supposed they wd. sell what they wanted themselves.
Mr. Spains decision left no land for the Natives not sufft. to cultivate - Our hearts were very dark - I stopped up a bridge to prevent Europn. Cattle from coming into my Cultivation - then I went to cultivate again - I cut down timber and cleared more Land - The Europn. have taken every thing and only left me this small piece, and that they wish to take now - When I stopped the Bridge the Europns. went to Capt.King, who came down to the place - they all met. Capt.K. set a day apart to fight.
Day before yesterday the Europns. set on fire another House belonging to me with Potatoes in it - From this I doubt McLean is to be my protector. The Govr.
Mr.McL. did not know of this - as soon as investigated this will come before Captn.King - time must be given. Katatorie
The best way is to settle it now. Govr.
It shall be enquired into when I come again. Capt K. and Mr.McL. will enquire till I come again - time must be given. Katatorie
7 of the Party that sold to Col.W. are still alive. The 6 that sold these places were very few compared with those remaining at Waikato. Some Natives I have named who sold Land had a right to puketapu and only to puketapu.
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The only place I ever heard or will acknod. to ha been sold is from the main road down to Waiongona and along the Coast. Govr.
The road was not made at the time the Land was sold. K.
All the Land on the other side belongs to me all on the sea side belonged to those who sold. The land belongs to Capt.K. and has not been suffy. paid for. Govr.
(You are under a mistake). K.
Whenever I went to cut paling I was told that Land belongs to Capt.K. and if you cut it you will be put in the black room. Govr.
I will make arrangements for meeting them on the Land - but you must remain quiet and give me time.
During the next 2 months arrangements will be made for giving the Land to Settlers or elsewhere - provided we can make no amicable arrangemt. (return) K.
There are some 7 or 8 that live at Puketapu who behaved very quietly. I don't want to part with them.
K. repeated the burning of the Hoe. a 2nd time. Gov.
If before my return here sufft. compensn. will be made by him -
Protector of Aborigines - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0001 (21 digitised items)
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McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)
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