Letter from Samuel Marsden to Josiah Pratt, August 11th, 1821
August 11th, 1821.
Revd. and Dear Sir,
…. In my two visits to New Zealand, I was put to considerable expense. The Revd. John Butler also killed five head of my cattle, and served the meat to the settlement. (Did Marsden own land in New Zealand?) Under the above circumstances I feel I have a claim on the Society to remunerate me in some degree for my losses and expenses. It is not necessary for me to make out any regular account, but to leave the matter to the consideration of the Committee. I have, therefore, taken the liberty to draw upon you for the sum of £100 on the above account. I flatter myself the Society will not think that sum too high, as I conceive the cattle would have been worth nearly that sum in Port Jackson, independent of the expenses of sending them to New Zealand. Should the Committee not approve of the bill, I will thank you to honour it, and I will settle with you when I receive information from you on the subject.