Diary, 12 Jan-17 Mar 1849
Reference Number: MS-1224. Object #1032831
The bulk of the volume is made up of diary entries describing meetings and travels relating to negotiations for land in Rangitikei and Manawatu. These entries continue from those in MS-1222. Included are accounts of meetings in Manawatu, Otaki and Waikanae and a visit to meet with officials in Wellington.
90 pages written 12 Jan-17 Mar 1849 by Sir Donald McLean in Wellington and Wanganui to Sir Donald McLean, related to d Te Rauparaha, Henare Wiremu Taratoa, d Te Rangihaeata, Wellington City, Manawatu District, Kapiti Coast District, Rangitikei District, Ngati Apa, Ngati Toa, Ngati Raukawa, Te Ati Awa.
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were mounted on hardy steeds, and displayed in their cheerful and disinterested manner, a great deal excited by admiration.
They were coming in a body, with a single European, to meet a powerful tribe opposed to them in the sale of their land, to discuss the subject with them, and assert their right at whatever hazard. There is much that is noble in the New Zealanders, beyond description. They are really a fine race, susceptible of great improvement.
We escaped accidents in coming along, and were most cheerful and happy. One of
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the horses was rather too much for the rider, a Wanganui native, who invariably starts with me on every expedition from that place, and who had rather a Gilpin appearance on horseback. When his steed went at full gallop, the rider, instead of holding the bridle in, held it above the the horse's head perpendicularly; and his stick or switch came down on the brute's neck every sudden motion he gave, which precipitated the pace and kept Horawina in a state of perpetual fear; but with the self-gratification that he was
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the head of the party, and the most likely to perform a speedy exit over the sand-hills, if chased by some unforseen enemy. Poor Horawina is a harnless half-witted character.
We refreshed at Mr. Robinson's; where the horsemen waited the arrival of our foot party; and in the afternoon we got to the Rev. Mr. Duncan's, a member of the Reformed Presbyterian church of Scotland, where I take up my quarters, and the natives go to the adjacent Pah.
Had some conversation with the natives of the Pah, and Waikupuni, the Chief, respecting land they did not
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approve of selling, or of other natives doing so.
Wrote to Mokau, but on further deliberation did not send the letter, which was inviting him to attend a Meeting the following day, as I intended having a larger assemblage of the Ngatiraukawas to discuss this question respecting the Rangitikei country; when the general sentiments of the whole tribe can be better ascertained. The present Meeting will be only preliminary, and can hardly be favourable. It will only be attended by Taratoa, and those most opposed to the sale of land.
The Governor left here to-day for Wellington.
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Saturday, 13th. January 1849.
Called at Mr. Robertson's, who came here in the morning, and invited me to stay at his house whenever I wished to do so.
Some of his observations and remarks respecting natives are very sensible, and shew that he is a shrewd and intelligent man, but most unassuming.
Visited Dr. Best's. He was from home.
At 11 a.m. Taratoa came by invitation, from his place up the river, to talk about the land offered for sale by the Ngatiapas. I went to see them at the Pah, and told this Chief, and the natives assembled, the object of the Meeting; that it was desirable they should talk the matter over freely and
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