Object #1026881 from MS-Papers-0032-0565

2 pages written 13 Feb 1860 by William Nicholas Searancke in Wellington to Sir Donald McLean in Wellington City

From: Inward letters - W N Searancke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0565 (58 digitised items). 60 letters written from Waiuku, Ahuriri, Waipa, Auckland, Awhitu, Wellington, Masterton, Wairarapa, Otaki, Manawatu, Tuaranganui, Te Purupuru, Greytown, Rangitikei, Waikato, Whangarei, Ngaruawhaia. Includes piece-level inventory (1969 accessions not added). Contains letters from Searancke to McLean with regard to the purchase of Maori land in the lower North Island in the 1850s and 1860s, in Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu; the letters also contain information about disputes that arose from the sales among Maori and between Maori and the Government; there is also information about the disposition of Maori, and their attitudes towards the King Movement, in these areas during the New Zealand wars of the early 1860s There are also some letters about Searancke's work in the Waikato district as a resident magistrate, with information about his observations of the Kingitanga

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Feby. 13th. 1860.

My dear Sir,

At this stage of this very unpleasant dispute with Rawiri about his reserve and in the present very excited state of the Native mind from various causes in the Wairarapa District more particularly so at the present time, I think your presence to tell them at least what is right and what is wrong most desirable if only for a day or two. Not that I think any influence even accompanied with large pecuniary payments would have anything but a very temporary effect on the general question now agitating the Native mind but Rawiri's is a case that if not settled, will I am sure lead to most troublesome results both the Government and the numerous settlers who have purchased land in the neighbourhood of the Torohanga and Tauherinikau trusting to the good faith of the Govt. to put them in quiet possession of their land.

I return to Wairarapa this day and propose returning on the 20th. inst. to remain a few days to enable me to complete the returns, and report required by the Government. I also trust then to meet you in Wellington and hope to be able to induce you to accompany me to Wairarapa (your health permitting).

Ever yours obliged
Will N. Searancke.

Part of:
Inward letters - W N Searancke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0565 (58 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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