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The Early Journals of Henry Williams


[Note: This grant was made by Governor Fitzroy, but issued by Governor Grey]

Briefly stated the reasons for the justness and regularity of Archdeacon Williams's land purchases are:4


They were made for his children as the only available means of providing for them.


When bought, the land had no market value except for use.


Only what was regarded as necessary for use was bought.


The price paid was very large as compared with that which was afterwards offered by the Government.


The family were maintained in possession by the Maori vendors during Heke's rebellion, notwithstanding efforts to persuade the Maori that they had been wronged.


The regularity of his purchases, and his dealings with the Maori vendors, were beyond reproach.