The Littlewood Treaty, The True English Text of the Treaty
of Waitangi, Found
Chapter: Précis 1 2 3 4 5a,5b,5c,5d,5e 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Lord Normanby's Brief
These four pages are, predominently, in the handwriting of James Stuart Freeman, Hobson's secretary. They were written between the 31st of January and the 1st of February 1840 and contain a Preamble and rudimentary ideas for three Articles. Freeman would, months later, use this Preamble (his own literary creation) in some of his "Royal Style" treaty versions, earmarked for despatch overseas. James Busby, because of Hobson's illness, took over the responsibility of writing the treaty by the 2nd of February 1840. He concentrated upon composing "fleshed out" Articles, as two versions of Preambles already existed and it was necessary to address the central substance or purpose of the treaty.