The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 32
[Beadon visits his Claim]
1874. Beadon visits his Claim.
Beadon calls on Mr. Whitaker.
On returning to Auckland, after the close of the Session, in 1875, Beadon was informed Mr. Eraser had paid money to Mr. Whitaker page 13 for a portion of Cormack's block, and that he (Fraser) had taken possession of the land sold to him by Mr. Whitaker. Beadon hopes Mr. Whitaker will excuse him for presuming to give an opinion on legal matters to a gentleman bearing so high a reputation as he does, but he did in this instance according to nautical law:—"hoist his topsails before he had received sailing orders," as the Select Committee of the Legislative Council have refused to sanction Mr. Whitaker's selecting any part of Cormack's purchase.
Little more need be said at present on this violation of the interests of a British subject, in the name of Her Most Gracious Majesty.
It is unfortunate that there should have been such miscarriage of letters.
It is probable that Mr. Whitaker forgot all about Mr. Shortland's having spoken to him, and when he received the power of attorney from Beadon in 1859, no further action could be then taken, because a Crown Grant had been recommended to Arthur Willis, and transferred to Mr. George Graham.
Beadon considers Mr. Whitaker did him service when he obtained an explanation of the case from Commissioner Dillon Bell before the expiration of "The Land Claims Extension Act, 1856—58," extended to 1st July, 1859.
It may be considered that I am exorbitant in claiming 180,000 acres, for which only £380 were paid, but it is a matter of indifference to a man of my time of life, whether any or no land is granted to me, personally because I am now unable to carry out the schemes which I desired to effect in my youth, in New Zealand; and as to the quantity, I am bound by the documentary facts, and I am obliged to claim all for my children. Beadon cannot, as a British subject, be dispossessed of property by post facto laws, administered illegally, whether it bo I acre or 180,000 acres. A member of the Legislative Assembly said to me, "what were we to do? Wentworth, of Sydney, claimed half the North Island." My answer was, the Maories now hold four-fifths North Island. You may have dealt on easier terms with Mr. Wentworth than Tauwhiao.
|H. C. Young
There may be others, but all who held any land within the well defined boundaries of Cormack's Purchase for "Sandeman and others," on 31st December, 1839, hold land, the Title to which is based upon a fraud, according to the laws of England, and of the civilized world.
When Mr. Cormack illegally withdrew Beadon's Claim, in 1844, Arthur Willis' Houses were in a state of insolvency, principally on account of his connection with the indebted New Zealand Company, which had sold more land to purchasers in London, than they had secured in New Zealand, and it is a fact that the New Zealand Company got rid of aboriginal purchasers of land by every pretext. By throwing back the land to the original vendors, they were placing it where it would be purchased again from them, under the treaty of preemption, at Waitangi, in 1840.