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

The British Resident to the Under-Secretary of State

The British Resident to the Under-Secretary of State.

Bay of Islands.Transmitting Declaration of Independence. British Residency at New, Zealand, Bay of Islands, 2nd November, 1835.


I have the honour to enclose herewith a copy of a Declaration by the chiefs of the northern parts of New Zealand, of the independence of their country, and of their having; united their tribes into one State, under the designation of "The United Tribes of New Zealand."

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In this Declaration the chiefs entreat that His Majesty will continue to be the parent of their infant State, and that he will become its protector from all attempts upon its independence; and it is at their unanimous desire that I transmit this document, in order to its being laid at the feet of His Majesty.

I have, &c.,

James Busby,
British Resident at New Zealand.

Mr. Under-Secretary Hay, &c.