Letter, James Busby

Busby, James
Colenso, William
Production date
30 Jan 1840
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A letter, dated 30 January 1840, printed privately by William Colenso on behalf of James Busby, inviting chiefs to Waitangi for a hui to meet the newly arrived Consul Captain William Hobson. The text is written in Māori.

Letter, James Busby, (b.1802, d. 1871) to
William Colenso, (b.1811, d. 1899)
30 January, 1840.
My dear friend,
I write to you again; a ship has arrived with the queen of England’s representative on board, who is to become a Governer for us all. He has asked for a meeting to see the chiefs of New Zealand on Wednesday this coming week. I am asking you my friend, to come to my home at Waitangi to attend this meeting. You would be an asset for this meeting.
Therefore, my letter is finished,
Your dear friend,

(Handwritten in pencil on the back of [32489](1) – Unknown author)
Circular dated January 30th 1840, conveying the meeting to be held at Waitangi on Wednesday February 5th to meet Governor Hobson and to consider the proposed treaty.
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Production date
30 Jan 1840
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Media/Materials description
Bifolium, letter printed in black ink on first page (of four) of a folded half-sheet of foolscap, the other pages blank
Length x Width: 193 x 162mm
Circular dated January 30th / 1840 convening the meeting / to be held at Waitangi / on Wednesday Feburay [sic] 5th / to meet Govnor [sic] Hobson / and consider the proposed / treaty, Inscription, Handwritten
GILLING / & / ALLFORD / 1830, Logo, Embossed
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30 Jan 1840
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