Letter from Ngairo to George Grey (with translation), 15 Feb 1849

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0673A-07. Object #1032369

Letter written from Wairarapa with well wishes with 2 covering notes, a partial translation and a fuller contemporary translation

8 pages written 15 Feb 1849 by Ngairo Rakaihikuroa in Wairarapa to Port Nicholson, related to Ngairo Rakaihikuroa, Sir George Grey, Muaupoko, Rangitane, Ngati Kahungunu.

A transcription/translation of this document (by 19th C) appears below.

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

English (19th C)

Feby. 1st 1849


Friend the Governor of Port Nicholson,

Greetings, the regard of the natives is great for you.

First of all, when Mr. Bell(?) and Clarke came, the land was withheld from them. Now the thing is changed, and the land is given to your officer, Mr. Kemp, but when the price was named to you by the Maories, you looked upon it with displeasure. Nevertheless look with friendship upon us who have now given over the land to you for the white people, that they may come even now in this year. Although you are afraid of the floating(?) of the price, let a body of white people be sent, that the declaration we have made to sell the land (may not have been in vain in the eyes of the other party) I have nothing more to say, save that the boundary of the land has been traversed by Mr. Kemp.


One of the Chiefs of the Selling Party. True Translation

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0673A (10 digitised items)
Series 2 Inward letters (Maori), Reference Number Series 2 Inward letters (Maori) (3148 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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