Diary, 10 Nov-10 Dec 1851
Reference Number: MS-1234. Object #1030509
The diary continues from the previous volume, describing his arrival at Ahuriri and the large meeting there to sign the deed for the block. Prominent in the negotiations were the Ngati Kahungunu chiefs Te Hapuku, Tarepa and Te Moananui. Later he moved to Mohaka and a large meeting there to complete the sale of that block. In between times he was involved in various dispute settlements and court cases, including dealing with the desertions and unruly behaviour of the crew of a visiting whaling ship.
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Monday 10th. November 1851.
Crossed over to Mr. Alexander's; from whom I was glad to learn that the natives generally were highly pleased with the payment, at Te Waipukurau.
Agreed, subject to Golland's consent, to sell 100 evessat 20/- a head, to Mr. Curling; which will enable me to pay Thomas off at once, as I am due in September, for the balance of the
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sheep; which, in the six months since I purchased them, have paid me better than I could have expected.
Alexander told me that he would, himself, give me 40 per cent on my bargain, which I am not disposed to accept, although it would put £105 clear in my pocket.
Sold 6 goats to Curling at 5/- each; also Te Hapuku's horse, from the Hutt, at £24, and Hamilton's tent for £3.10/-.
Tuesday 11th. November 1851.
The natives are not collecting so quickly as I expected; but they all seem in good spirits; and as far as I can judge, pleased with the amount,
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£1000, they are to receive.
Mr. Colenso told me that they seemed doubtful about selling the whole of Moturuahou Island; that they wanted several Reserves on the Island; and Mr. Colenso advised them to have a clause inserted in the Deed, giving them free rights to their vessels entering and leaving the harbour; besides such other hints as would no doubt be to their advantage. Although it does not appear to me essential that the natives require such advice, when they are in treaty with the British Government.
Crossed to Mr. Alexander's, and arranged that Mr. Curling should have his sheep 6 weeks hence, after they are shorn; and I feel satisfied that he has got a good bargain;
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as they are all fine, healthy ewes, that will bear 2 lambings in the year, without much injury.
Called to see the natives at the Onga Onga Bay. They are not all yet collected. Asked Tareha and Te Moananui to come over, and go over the names of the several boundaries with me, before drawing up the final Deed of Sale.
Paid Thomas £2.10/- for windows, for which I think the Government ought to pay; as they are for the house built by the natives, for the Governor, on the Island, and entirely for Meetings, and public purposes. It is a very neat, commodious house.
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Wednesday 12 November
Sold my saddle to Curling for Harris and will even sell my favourite horse To Korakau if I get £50 for him,
Received a letter from Te Hapuku, of the tribes to receive next installment; which do not exceed 15, instead of 200 or upwards, which were paid the last time.
Had a conversation with Tareha, and Te Moananui, about the boundaries of the purchase, and relinquishing their Reserves, or what they wish to be reserved for them, on the Mataruahou Island. They were very reasonable; much more so than during my former visit. E Tako seems to give them very good advice; while he
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takes equally good care to benefit by trading with the natives, in saddles and horses, etc. He tells the natives that he charges high prices from the risk, etc., in bringing them such a distance. I have, once or twice, checked him for such extravagance; but the love of gain induces him to persevere in his own course.
Thursday 13th. November 1851.
Went with Mr. Park and Tareha to fix the boundaries of Mataruahou, and listened to some speeches of Te Tangoi people; who urged that they should get the whole sum of £1500 at once, for their land.
I told them that if they had £500 to lend me,
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would think of the matter; that I was a stranger among them; had no money but what was promised to them; and would not promise, or alter, the engagements with them.
Friday 14th. November 1851
The draft of the Ahuriri Deed submitted to the natives, who agreed to all the conditions.
I had some difficulty in getting them to assent to a Reserve of 500 acres at Puketitiri; as they wanted several thousand acres. After some long talking, and very proper enquiries and arguments, I got through the several clauses of the Deed, and had a busy day with the natives, since the morning at the Survey Office.
Purchased Thomas' watch for £12, and sold my own to E. Tako for £10.
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