Enclosure in No. 29.
Mr. H. T. Clarke to His Honor the Superintendent, Otago.
I have the honor to acquaint you that Mr. Dillon Bell, when in Auckland a short time since, spoke to the Hon. the Colonial Secretary relative to a Native Reserve in this city having frontages to the Harbour and Princes Street, which Sir George Grey made on the recommendation of Mr. Mantell many years ago, and which Mr. Bell slates the Provincial Government have objected to as being made without authority.
I have been requested by the Colonial Secretary to go into this matter with the Provincial Government and Mr. Cutten.
Would your Honor be good enough to direct that I may be furnished with a full statement, supported by documentary evidence, of the circumstances under which the reserve was made; when it was made; when first objected to by the Provincial Government; and the ground of those objections.
I have, &c.,
His Honor the Superintendent, Dunedin.
H. T. Clarke.