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An Epitome of Official Documents Relative to Native Affairs and Land Purchases in the North Island of New Zealand

No. 14 — Governor Hobson to W. Wakefield, Esq

No. 14
Governor Hobson to W. Wakefield, Esq.

Equitable Arrangements with Natives will be sanctioned. Barrett's Hotel, Wellington, 5th September, 1841.


In order to enable you to fulfil the engagements which the Company have entered into with the public, I beg to acquaint you, for your private guidance and information, that the local Government will sanction any equitable arrangement you may make, to induce those Natives who reside within the limits referred to in the accompanying schedule to yield up possession of their habitations; but I beg you clearly to understand that no force or compulsory measure for their removal will be permitted. I have made this communication private, lest profligate or disaffected persons, arriving at the knowledge of such an arrangement, might prompt the Natives to make exorbitant demands.

I have, &c.,

W. Hobson.

To W. Wakefield, Esq., &c.