Diary and Maori notes, 3 May-9 Nov 1851
Reference Number: MS-1233. Object #1031703
The diary begins with brief entries describing McLean's departure from Hawkes Bay, pleased with the land dealing progress he had made, and his travels through Manawatu, the Kapiti coast and Wellington. At Wellington he he met with George Grey and was confirmed as Chief Land Purchase Commissioner. There is a three month gap in the diary between late June and late December (during which time McLean was in Wellington, and got married) before it recommences in with a journey to Hawkes Bay via the rough Wairarapa coast. On this trip he visited several Wairarapa runholders before completing negotiations for the Waipukurau and Ahuriri blocks.
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Saturday 3rd. May 1851.
In the morning I started from Te Awapuni, having settled all the business with the natives last night. Paid Tareha £5 for rent due for Ankatell's premises, on the Sandspit. Advised the natives to write to the Governor, about the payment of their land, and sending Europeans to live among them.
Park parted with me after breakfast. Pelichet rode on with me. We called at the
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Roman Catholic Priest's cottage, where we had lunch, and a conversation with the Priest, about the sale of land at Turanga, which he has encouraged among the natives; also about his Station which he resides on. I told him that I had no doubt the Government would give him land, in any of their purchases, and favour his being
settled down; but that no arrangement with the natives, excepting through the Government, could be recognised. Moreover, that he would find himself much more comfortable by settling on land acquired by the Government.
Told the Chiefs, Puhara, Karatiana, and E Waka Kawatini that they must not blame the priest for forfeiting his agreement; that I was the person they should find fault with, for strictly carrying out the law, of which, until my arrival here, they had been previously ignorant. They seemed displeased at my not sanctioning the sale of the piece of land, and requested me to speak to the Governor on the subject.
The Queen made me a present of a mat;
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and Te Hapuku gave me a most handsome one this morning. He spoke very friendly about following me to-morrow; probably to close the bargain about the land.
Got to Pukau about 3 p.m. The natives got up at night.
I feel very happy to be, now, after a long sojourn, on my way to Taranaki, and the other coast; also that the land question here is in such a satisfactory state.
Lent Park £5. Paid 3/- to Hohaia for potatoes to boys, while staying at Ahuriri. I find that Ankatell owes me £3 and some odd shillings, advanced on an order of his, in favour of Te Matiu.
Sunday 4th. May 1851.
Spent the day at Pukau, where the natives were very kind and attentive. In the afternoon Te Hapuku arrived, with a fine new mat, and a letter for the Governor-in-Chief. He spoke of selling all his land, except Raukawa forest, which was as sacred as his brains, taking off his hat, and patting his head.
''You may depend, McLean, I will not have two ways respecting the land. It will all be sold to you, the Europeans,
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have already paid for in yearly rents; and my Rangitira wenua or Chieftain land is for the first time transferred to you. Therefore I wish to have a great payment to commence with, that I may meet with less difficulty in purchasing the rest of the country with you. Give my letter to the Governor. The words in it are not yours. They are ours. It is open that you may read it.''
Te Hapuku had tea with us, and left in good humour, expressing a desire to unite with the Government and let his children become Europeans.
He is exceedingly well-informed, clever Chief, more so than most I have met in the Island.
Reading ''Gregory's advice to his Daughters'', and conversing with the natives on various subjects.
Monday 5th. May 1851.
Started to Te Aute at half past 6 a.m. and ordered breakfast for the natives. Getting corn for the horses. The Te Aute natives, Noah, Hoani, and E Waka very friendly.
Gave Ani Patene £1.0.0 to buy clothes for Hoera.
Te Hapuku and I rode on to Te Waipukurau, by way of Patangata, through the beautiful
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