William Halse, a solicitor, came to New Plymouth from England with his brother on the ship Amelia Thompson, arriving in 1841. On arrival he was appointed Justice of the Peace and, before opening his law practice in 1863, he held a number of prominent positions including Resident Agent for the New Zealand Company (1848-52), Commissioner of crown Lands (1851-52) and deputy Superintendent of Taranaki (1858).
The letters relate to business proceedings during his engagement with the NZ Company and as Commissioner of Crown Lands.
Memorandum. A list of documents received from Mr Patterson for safe custody. 11 March 1864 signed William Halse.
Receipt. From William Hickson to the New Zealand Company's Office, New Plymouth money for an exchange of land in the Omata District
Letter. To the Land Claims Office, New Plymouth requesting compensation for land taken for roading in the Grey District. 5 Dec. 1856
Deed of sale of sheep.Richard Pheney to John Watson. 8 Nov. 1867