Historical Records of New Zealand
New South Wales, Government House, 22nd September, 1830
It has occurred to me, with reference to the subject of my despatch of 12th August last, No. 50, that you might be desirous of being informed more particularly with respect to the trade between this port and New Zealand. I accordingly do myself the honor to transmit, for your information, the copy of the statement which has been furnished, at my desire, by the Collector and Comptroller of Customs shewing the number of vessels which have entered from and cleared out for New Zealand between the 1st January and the 14th August last, as also the description, quantities, and values of the articles imported and exported in the said vessels.
It appears that many of the English whalers which do not touch here go to New Zealand for refreshments and to refit, and that American vessels frequent that place in numbers, where they are free from restraint, and obtain the supplies which they require at the expense of a few muskets and a little ammunition.
I have, &c.,
Ra. Darling.Right Honble Sir George Murray, G.C.B., &c., &c.