Object #1027189 from MS-Papers-0032-0009

4 pages written 12 Dec 1859 by Thomas Henry Smith and John Curling in Auckland City and Napier City to Sir Donald McLean in Auckland Region and Wellington

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.

A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.

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English (ATL)

Nat. Sec. Office, Auckland

Jany. 28th. 1860.


I have the honor to transmit herewith copy of a letter from the Resident Magistrate at Napier and to request that you will forward a list of names of chiefs whom you would recommend to be appointed Native Assessors for that district to be submitted for approval by His Excellency the Governor.

I have the honor to be Sir
Your most obedt. Servt.
Thos. H. Smith.
A.N.S. Donald McLean
Esqre.J.P., Native Secretary, Wellington.
Resident Magistrate's Office, Napier

Decr. 12, 1859.

To the Honorable Colonial Secretary - Auckland.

I have the honor to inform you that, when Mr. McLean was here about five months ago, he made out a List of those Maories whom he intended to recommend to Government for Assessors. He submitted this List to me and I approved of it and of the system, and I was under the impression that this List would be forwarded forthwith to Auckland, and the Assessors regularly appointed. But I have not heard, since then, anything about the matter, and I now write to you in the hope that something may soon be done in this matter, so that I may have the advantage, in the administration of Justice in Native cases, which this system of Assessors has been seen to confer.

I have the honor to be, Sir,
Yours most obedient servant,
Jno. Curling.
Resident Magistrate.

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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