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Historical Records of New Zealand

Parramatta, June 28th, 1823

Parramatta, June 28th, 1823.


When the Revd. Mr. Williams arrived in the Lord Sidmouth he brought me a requisition from the Church Missionary Society in which they solicit me to visit New Zealand to settle their affairs belonging to that mission, provided I could obtain Your Excellency’s leave of absence for a short time. I have now to request Your Excellency’s sanction for me to proceed to New Zealand as soon as I can obtain a vessel for the purpose. The Rev. Thos. Hassall will officiate for me during my absence, which I hope will not exceed three months.

I have, &c.,

Samuel Marsden.

His Excellency Governor Sir Thos. Brisbane, &c., &c.