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TOPOGRAPHICAL AND GEOLOGICAL EXPLORATION
WESTERN DISTRICTS OF THE NELSON PROVINCE,
PRINTED BY C. AND J. ELLIOTT.
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Provincial Secretary's Office, Nelson,
January 1, 1861.
The following Report, with the explanatory letter of Mr. Haast, is published by order of his Honour the Superintendent.
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Nelson, November 27, 1860.
SIR--I have the honour to enclose to you the Report of my recent Exploration of the West Coast District of this Province, undertaken at the request of the Provincial Government.
I also enclose Topographical and Geological Maps, illustrative of my Report, which I have deemed most convenient to divide into six parts.
The first comprises a Descriptive Narrative of my Journey, the second contains the Physical Geography of that part of the Province which I visited, and the third treats of the Geology of the country.
In the fourth part, under the head Passes, Roads, and Available Lands, I have endeavoured to give as full and detailed a description as I thought would be useful to facilitate the opening for settlement of this important district.
I have devoted the fifth and sixth parts to such general observations on Zoology and Botany as the difficulties under which I laboured during my journey permitted me to make.
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In forwarding to you this Report, may I be permitted to express my earnest hope, that the results obtained during my exploration will ultimately be such as to advance the best interests of this Province.
I have the honour to be,
Your obedient servant,
To his Honour the Superintendent, Nelson.