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Correspondence Relative to the Manawatu Block

Enclosure 16 in No. 1. — Memorandum by His Honor I. E. Featherston

Enclosure 16 in No. 1.
Memorandum by His Honor I. E. Featherston

So far from instructing the chiefs Aperahama Te Huruhuru, Horomona, and others to interrupt Parakaia's survey, I cautioned them against taking any step likely to create a disturbance. Their reply was, that while they would not allow any surveyor on the block, "as every inch of it was fighting ground," they would be responsible for tho preservation of the peace. The annexed letters will show that they have executed this threat, but apparently without using any violence. It will be remembered that in my reply to Colonel Russell's letter of the 20th July, I suggested the expediency of the Government instructing Parakaia that they would not permit the survey unless he obtained the consent to it of all the tribes who have claims upon the block.

I don't know whether Nepia Taratoa's letter to the Bishop is genuine, but when he was last in town he signed the deed of cession in my office.

I. E. Featherston.

18th September. 1866.

The Honorable E. W. Stafford.