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Notes on Sir William Martin's Pamphlet Entitled the Taranaki Question

Page 17

Page 17.

"Even now it is not easy to gather."……….

There was no doubt or ambiguity in this at all. The point contended for by the Governor was, that in accordance with precedents the sellers, as proprietors of land, should be allowed to sell it, and that Wi Kingi should not be allowed to prevent them. The point contended for by William King was, that he should be permitted to carry out the determination of the Land League, that no land should be sold by the rightful owners thereof even though they should not have joined the League. It was laid down by the League that any man attempting to sell land should be put to death. This was distinctly stated by Mr. Rogan, in his Evidence before the Board in 1836.—(See Note, p. 1.)