The Hon. D. McLean to the Hon. Colonel Haultain.
Sir,—General Government Offices, Auckland, 13th February, 1871.
It being desirable that information should be procured with reference to the working of the Native Lands Acts, the Government will be glad if you will undertake this duty. An impartial report upon this subject, embracing facts respecting the operations of the Acts, including the surveys and other expenses incidental thereto, the alienation of the land by the Native owners, and the expenses to which the Natives are subjected in establishing their title, will be very valuable as data upon which some revision and improvement of the existing law could be proposed to the Legislature.
I have, &c.,Donald McLean. The Hon. Colonel Haultain, Auckland.