Historical Records of New Zealand - Vol. 2

Historical Records of New Zealand - Vol. 2

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Historical Records of New Zealand - Vol. 2

Historical Records of New Zealand - Vol. 2

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This volume is issued in accordance with the line of policy laid down in the Preface to Vol. I--to place at the disposal of the Public a further instalment of material when sufficient had accumulated to enable that to be done.

As recent events in Parliament have shown that considerable misunderstanding exists regarding these Records, and the relation of the writer to them, the latter takes this opportunity of stating the position. There is in New Zealand no Department of Archives, nor are there any officers with the duty imposed upon them of collecting, arranging, and publishing material regarding the infant days of the Dominion. The writer's connection with the work is purely honorary, and comes about in this way: He is engaged privately in investigating the early history of New Zealand, from its discovery by Tasman in 1642 until the Proclamation over it of British Sovereignty in 1840, and from time to time publishes the results of his investigations. At present, having completed the southern, he is working on the history of the northern, portion of the Dominion. All that is quite apart from this work. Some years ago he was asked by the Ministry then in office--and the request has been endorsed by all their successors--to place at the disposal of the Dominion for publication all the documents which came to light in his search, and which, in his opinion, were worthy of publication in extenso. It was thought--and in the writer's opinion wisely thought--that many documents were of value quite apart from what the writer might take from them for the narrative in his private work. To this request the writer agreed, as also to a request later on that he would edit them. Thus did the supply of these historical . . .

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