THE TREATY OF WAITANGI.
Sir,—ln the Herald of June 25 here is a letter signed by "Raporuku, in which he refers to a letter written by Mr. Montague Russell (which unfoitunately I missed), in which he states tliat Mr. William Busby (my lather) informed Mr. Gordon Hewin that he himself was about ten years old at the signing of the treaty, and distinctly remembers seeing a table carried out through the French windows oi' the front roam on the left side of the front door (facing the house), and placed on the lawn about 20ft. from the verandah, in a line with the said French windows. Upon that table, and upon that spot, was the Treaty of Waitangi signed, ho said. Now, this is manifestly impossible, as William Busby was not born until January 19, 1841, almost a year after the treaty was signed. It. is just possible that James Busby's eldest son, John Busby, who was born on April 29, 1834, and who, therefore, would have been about six years old at the time, might have remembered something, about it, as naturally such a gathering in a quiet place like Waitangi would probably have made some impression on a child's mind, but, if so, I have never heard it mentioned. I have asked his son, who is a near neighbour, about it, and he says ha has never heard his father speak of it Agnes Busby. Ahikoura; Tokomaru Bay.
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THE TREATY OF WAITANGI., New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIX, Issue 21228, 7 July 1932
THE TREATY OF WAITANGI. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIX, Issue 21228, 7 July 1932
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